Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4.1
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
4.4
PRODUCTION
3.6
SWAG
3.3
Run back in history, with this scenic, challenging race of historic proportions. Covering the expanse on Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, C&0 Canal, Antietam National Battlefield and the Civil War era towns connecting them, our course offers expansive views that has named us one of the “Top 25 Half Marathons … MORE
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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '17

    Pretty through the tow trail and along the river. 2nd half tough, but the battlefields were nice. I was slow so there was no one at the finish line. Showers … MORE

    Pretty through the tow trail and along the river. 2nd half tough, but the battlefields were nice. I was slow so there was no one at the finish line. Showers on campus were nice, yet felt like miles away! After party not too bad, but no options for non beer drinkers.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    teresalinder FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was surprised at the level of difficulty on the flat, trail section of the course. There were roots and rocks hidden by leaves at times and several people took … MORE

    I was surprised at the level of difficulty on the flat, trail section of the course. There were roots and rocks hidden by leaves at times and several people took spills. I nearly fell more than once. Also, bring a water bottle! There was no water between mile 4 and 9 and very few other stops on the course.
    The “hills” in the battlefield are no joke. Very steep! Lots of walking on some of them. When you leave the battlefield there continue to be hills, but mostly rollers until the last steep hill on campus.
    The post race party at the Bavarian Inn was a blast.
    Love the shirts, love the clay medal. I loved the uniqueness of this course, but it’s the hardest marathon I’ve ever done.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '18

    Half marathon course is difficult. Starts on the C&O Canal Trail which was wet and gravelly. Very hilly in the first half through the Antietam battlefields. Swag was meh. Medal … MORE

    Half marathon course is difficult. Starts on the C&O Canal Trail which was wet and gravelly. Very hilly in the first half through the Antietam battlefields.

    Swag was meh. Medal is a fired clay medallion. Sponsored water bottle, pint glass and long sleeved t-shirt were also provided.

    Course support was awful…. Too few stations for a hilly course. Gatorade served was very weak and diluted. They should have had reassigned course marshalls at non-intersections to man more stations.

    Post-race was pretty good… Massage and stretch tables and recovery boots and cool Oktoberfest party at the Bavarian Inn. They could have had more food options close to the finish line (just pizza, fruit and bars).

    NOTE: They use gun time for the race if you’re trying to get a PR.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    mregensb FIRST-TIMER '13

    This was a tough race. There was a problem in that there was a Government shutdown so we had to run an alternate course that I was not prepared for. … MORE

    This was a tough race. There was a problem in that there was a Government shutdown so we had to run an alternate course that I was not prepared for. In no way was this the race directors fault. The race organization did a great job in coming up with an alternate when we couldn’t run the National Parks. I hope to go back and redeem myself on this one.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    HeatherJ FIRST-TIMER '14

    I really enjoyed this race, even though it was challenging. The course runs through several civil war towns and battlefields, so there is a ton of history and just as … MORE

    I really enjoyed this race, even though it was challenging. The course runs through several civil war towns and battlefields, so there is a ton of history and just as many hills! Not only was it well organized, but you could feel how much the race director cares about this event – something that is sometimes lost in larger races.

    Memorable Moments:
    – In true historic war town form, the event takes off the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” instead of National Anthem.
    – The “medal” is a simple, handmade clay mold from a local artisan.
    – Shirts comes in several colors which are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the expo
    – The free beer and concert on the lawn overlooking the town at the post-race party

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is really challenging half marathon course with three steep hills between miles 3 and 6. However the course runs through the Antietam Battlefields which made it worthwhile - absolutely … MORE

    This is really challenging half marathon course with three steep hills between miles 3 and 6. However the course runs through the Antietam Battlefields which made it worthwhile – absolutely beautiful and historic course. There were under 1500 runners for the half and the full which was also very nice and made parking very easy. Only problems noted: 1. lack of water bottles at the finish line (you were given a water bottle and had to fill it up using only 8 cisterns – very inefficient and it resulting in long lines before you could get a drink of water), 2. there was not a starting mat – all timing was off the gun – and it was unclear exactly where the start line was. Use start and finish mats next time, 3. I was not particularly impressed with the medal.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    FLTLBrun FIRST-TIMER '11

    I ran this race in 2011 in the rain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organization and planning is great. And as I write this review I am doing so … MORE

    I ran this race in 2011 in the rain and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The organization and planning is great. And as I write this review I am doing so knowing I will be going back to run it again this year (2015). The course “runs” through 4 (yes 4) National Park lands. Harpers Ferry, Antietam, C&O Canal and the Potomac Heritage Trail and ends on the 50 yard line of the football field at Shephard University. Both the full and half marathons are capped at 1,000 runners. There is a generous time limit (7 hours for the full, 5 hours for the half). The races have separate start times so the field is a reasonable size. Aid stations are more than adequate but irregular in their distances. This is understandable due to limited access along some of the trails and it is clearly identified in the pre-race materials so you know what to expect.

    The has numerous views and at least one “unique” characteristic…..you run across a footbridge (which is crosses a canal) and on the other side you “run” down a circular steel staircase. It was actually quite fun! The course is a mix of flat, rolling and HILLY terrain. Most is flat or rolling, the exception is the challenging portion through Antietam. And just when I was feeling sluggish and slowing down considerably, they started the rifle shooting demonstration! That surely added a bit of pep to my step!

    Our hotel was very convenient, Shepardstown, WV is lovely and the area is full of the rich history of our great nation.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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