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“All gave some…some gave all.” We are free to run, thanks to the men and women who have defended this great country of ours. Join us for the all-charity Honoring our Heroes Marathon to raise funds for local veteran’s causes and to honor those who have served. Our course isn’t … MORE
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    Tobycarrig FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first half marathon, and perhaps it was good to be ignorant of the fact not all courses are this hilly. The event includes a pasta dinner with … MORE

    This was my first half marathon, and perhaps it was good to be ignorant of the fact not all courses are this hilly.
    The event includes a pasta dinner with the packet pickup on Friday and features guest speakers in keeping with the event’s name, honoring those who served in the military.
    As for race morning, use the port-a-potties at the park because there are only two at the starting line for the half-marathon.
    It’s a point-to-point race, so a bus takes runners to the half-marathon start, which is the middle of nowhere. The ride offers a preview of much of the course. They were still setting up gear check after we arrived. It was chilly, but everyone got off the bus for the 20 to 30 minutes before the race. I believe the bus had a bathroom that was available in addition to the two port-a-potties.
    There is a pre-race ceremony. It was shorter than expected and I was in line for one last restroom visit when the countdown for the start began.
    This is not chip-timed, there are no split times on the course.
    It was a great day to run. The course has long rolling hills, but the good news is that the reward for the hills is the downhill runs that follow. Two of the three hills on the highway are in the first four miles; the one up to Fugitve Beach (mile 4) seems to be the biggest at about 150 feet. As a first-time runner of this distance, the first 10 miles running on the shoulder of a highway felt good. The last 5K, however, also is gradually uphill (more than 100 feet; I just saw the elevation map for this run for the first time recently). It is on a paved trail. Given the winter weather, part of the trail had some slippery patches to navigate.
    This is definitely a challenging course (halfmarathons.net says 658 foot gain) but that makes other half marathons look manageable by comparison.
    I was happy with my run.
    The aid stations are abundant, well-spaced and provide good boosts. Runners can vote for the most enthusiastic. The stations are important because this is a point-to-point course that is very rural for the first nine miles, so a lot of running alone.
    Nice shirts and finisher medals.
    The post-race gathering also is done well, with food and massage services. Nice awards for age group winners (I think I was the only one in my group). The post-race gathering is indoors, which makes it very comfortable.
    A lot of veterans run the race and the focus is on the military, which makes for a good atmosphere.
    I would run this race again, keeping in mind to be prepared for the situation at the start and the course itself.

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