Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.7
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.3
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.3
Celebrate History, Community Health, and the Soul of Running. Recognized by Runner’s World as a top 25 half marathon writing, “…this small, much-loved event [is] moving, fun, inspiring, and tough.” Select from a variety of races: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Kids Fun Run. The Freedom’s Run historical route and … MORE
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    Heather Miller 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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