Monday, March 9, 2015

Chambersburg Half

This was a great event.  It was very well run and having the Chambersburg Middle School open for packet pick-up was extremely convenient, especially since it was about 10 degrees outside.

The race started on time and was attended by just under 300 runners.  At the start we all headed out of Chambersburg into the country where we remained for the entire 13.1 miles.  They had plenty of support staff out on the country roads to help with traffic and ensure folks stayed on the correct course.  There were even some cheering sections along the way trying to stay warm to make sure we were feeling the love.

The course went out about 4 miles then did a large loop (with a quick 1.5 miles out and back) before returning to the original course for the last 4 miles.  There were water stops about every 2.5 to 3 miles along the course and back which was plenty, especially given the cold climate.  I actually had water with me, but found I had to use the last water stop since it had turned slushy.  A reminder that even though I was warmed up it was still really cold outside.

The course had about 450 of vertical elevation gain overall which isn't a lot, and was made up of a lot of smaller hills under two tenths of a mile, but a few were very steep.  For me this was a great challenge for the first half of the year even though I regularly run hills.  Since I have never run this course before not knowing what was next kept it all very interesting.

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