Today I ran the Waynesboro, PA Mad Anthony’s Inaugural Half Marathon.
For being the first time they have held this race let me just say it was great! The course is VERY HILLY but I knew this going into it and was only using it as a training run. What a difference running with no stress of the clock makes!
There were only about 150 runners so it was small. I enjoyed that.
The volunteers were all super friendly. I cannot say enough about them. Crowd support was sparse but the ones that were there were enthusiastic. So if crowd noise is your thing this is probably not the race for you.
It isn’t chip timed so again if that is a huge deal for you – not for you.
The course itself is a mixture of in town, out of town on somewhat gravel/paved roads and then through neighborhoods and back to downtown start/finish point. Did I mention it was VERY HILLY? My left Achilles started to feel the strain of so many hills toward the finish.
Because it is a small town race it starts off with a prayer and then the National Anthem. A great way to start the race.
I met and ran with a minister. It was really a nice break as by mile 4 and being the only one around – many others were way in front and many behind…..but I was on my own. He was a veteran runner having done numerous marathons and ultras. He stayed with me although I knew he could run much faster. I told him more than once I was only doing this as a training run and didn’t have a time crunch and that he didn’t have to hold back. But the conversation was great so he stayed.
My hubby and 2 little ones were there to cheer me on. I got to see them at 3 or 4 points on the course which was an added bonus.
The finish line consisted of bananas, pizza, Rita’s icee’s, orange slices, water…..I am not sure what else as all I wanted was a banana and the icee.
I would definitely do this again if I was going to be in the area.
Now, I will say that I did see on the website and apology as it appears they may have ran out of medals due to more walk up registrations than they expected. However they will be mailing them medals as soon as they are made.
Finish Time by clock – 2:24:36
Finish Time by Garmin (started as I crossed) – 2:24:29