Half Marathon #184 is in the books!
Sunday, April 25th, I had the opportunity to participate in the Gettysburg Festival of Races Blue-Gray half marathon. It was a cool and breezy morning but the fun of seeing a lot of fellow club members there warmed me up quickly. Congratulations to Mary White for completing her 100th half marathon!
Gettysburg is on the eastern side of Pennsylvania and just a 90 minute drive from DC, where I had run Saturday. The area is largely pasture and farmland with rolling hills. Gettysburg is the site of a large Civil War battle so is an especially interesting race for history buffs.
Packet pickup was the day before the race and easy. The events started and finished at Gateway Center, an office park/entertainment area with convenient hotels and restaurants. Parking was available near the start/finish. Covid precautions were in place with a combination wave and rolling start.
The course was essentially an out and back with a short loop near the halfway point. It was on rolling paved roads that wound for a couple miles through the battlefield then through pastures and farmland. (The Marathon does the half marathon course twice.) Aid stations were every couple miles and were stocked with individual bottles of water and Gatorade. I was particularly impressed that road construction crews provided traffic support at intersections.
Spectators were spaced along the route. Again Covid procedures, a bag of pre-packaged post-race snacks, a souvenir beer glass and the medal were distributed in a tent away from the finish line.
This is a race I would like to do again. I would to spend more time exploring the military park and the town of Gettysburg!
Race report and photo credit Jennifer Clark