Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
3.3
Enjoy running 13.1 miles that wind through one of America’s most historic areas, Gettysburg PA. The battle of Gettysburg symbolized the breach between North and South, and also marked the turning point of the war and the return to a single United States of America. The Blue-Gray Half Marathon is … MORE
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    sparrowsgirl FIRST-TIMER '15

    This race is near (not on) the Gettysburg Battlefields. The concept is neat- you're divided into two teams- Blue and Gray, that run the same looped course, but in opposite … MORE

    This race is near (not on) the Gettysburg Battlefields. The concept is neat- you’re divided into two teams- Blue and Gray, that run the same looped course, but in opposite directions. The overall winner’s team gets a prize (a mug in my case). My biggest beef with this race was that the course was often on busy roads with barely a shoulder blocked off. I did not enjoy feeling the wind of a truck blasting past me while I’m falling in single-line behind a fellow runner… I hear they made some changes in future races, hopefully they fixed this.

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    gdeivert FIRST-TIMER '18

    Packet pickup was a breeze the day before and was held at the Gateway Movie Theater complex. The same complex is used for starting line bathrooms on race day and … MORE

    Packet pickup was a breeze the day before and was held at the Gateway Movie Theater complex. The same complex is used for starting line bathrooms on race day and start and finish are right outside of the theater.
    There were just shy of 500 starters for the Half Marathon and a smaller number who ran the full. Both Half and Full start at the same time and then split up later on the course.
    About 5 minutes prior to the start of the race, the diasabled racers began. The only criticism I have of this race is that they were coming back through the course as runners were outbound and there was not much room for them to navigate on the narrow country roads. Runners had to move over for them to avoid colliding as they doubled back toward the finish line.
    The support on the course was good and offered Gatorade and Water. There were also porta potties at Mile 2 and 4. Since this was a double back route, they were also available at mile 9 and 11.
    The race shirt and medal were nice, and the bib had tickets for 2 free beers as well as a commemorative glass. This was a PR for me so I was happy with the race and the sunny but cool conditions. i was an AG winner so I also got a great little Apple Pie.

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    ShellyL REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Bib pick up can be done the day before, when they have a vendor or two. You can also pick up the morning of the race. Easy in and out … MORE

    Bib pick up can be done the day before, when they have a vendor or two. You can also pick up the morning of the race. Easy in and out either way. The race starts at the Gettysburg Gateway complex, with ample parking and indoor bathrooms.

    The wheeled racers start a few minutes before the other racers. Nice to see them on the out and back on the course. Half marathoners and marathoners start at the same time and then split off somewhere around mile 5.

    The half marathon course is kind of a lollipop, with an extra mile or so off the loop as an out and back turn around. The roads are open to traffic, but the number of vehicles is few and far between. This is farm country and battlefields, so it’s wide open fields. There is always a breeze. If this race was any later in spring, it would be a scorcher because there are no trees for shade. These roads are the definition of rolling hills. Nothing terrible, but it seems like you’re always going up or down and since you run out and back on the first 4 ½ miles, you’ll be repeating those rolling hills.

    Aid stations were sufficient, every few miles, with sports drink, water and porta-johns.

    Race finish is in a parking lot area, but there is some grass to sit down. A little bit of food that includes sections of a giant hoagie, chips, pretzels, chocolate milk and donuts. You also get two free beers (cans of Michelob – yuck).

    They also have a competition between those registered for the north vs south. You tell them which team you want and if that side “wins”, you get a nice pint glass. Hint: The North has won every year. The medal is always very nice, with a civil war theme (see my photo).

    I do recommend this race if you like a small field, easy logistics and nice medal. If you need a lot of cheer support, want a completely flat race and like a big after race festival, this may not be the race for you.

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 23, 2018 at 12:22am

    Ha ha, love the hint — sounds like the North is undefeated on all counts! And that is one cool medal, I'm a big fan of the classic look. And donuts, I'm a big fan of donuts too. Michelob, no thanks. :) Congrats on winning the war Shelly, and thanks for the thoughtful review!

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