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CHaD Hero Half Marathon - Run

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Hanover, New Hampshire
United States
57F / 14C
Total Time = 2h 19m 13s
Overall Rank = 548/659
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 87/120
Pre-race routine:

Given the odd start time (noon), I decided to eat a regular breakfast, have a small PB&J sammy 90 minutes before noon, and then I downed an Espresso Love Gu 15 minutes before noon. Hydrated and peed a lot. :) Got my costume on (It's a Hero themed run) and walked around with my running mates.
Event warmup:

None. I decided to run this as an event, in costume, and not to PR. I figured the first couple miles would serve as warm-up.
  • 2h 19m 13s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

Running in a Wonder Woman costume under full sun gets kinda hot. Cotton t-shirt, calf length socks, headband and sweatband, cape and tutu = hot! Still, this race is to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock so my focus was on making this fun for the kids. I took my time at the water stations, kept pace with a slower running mate for a while, then ran most of it on my own. That last mile got a little lonely and I was tired, but overall, fun run!
What would you do differently?:

With my t-shirt was a wicking fabric. Next year I may get a red tech t-shirt and put the WW logo on it, that should make a difference. Might also ditch the calf length socks, but it all depends on weather. Next year, I think I'll try to PR instead of running it just for fun.
Post race
Warm down:

Very windy conditions, so as soon as I stopped running it was very cold. We got soup and put our sweaters on, and walked around and cheered our running mates on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Didn't aim to run faster, but being overheated didn't help make even a casual run very pleasant.

Event comments:

I wasn't going to write up a race report for just a fun 13.1, but I decided to write because I want to let everyone know what a FANTASTIC race this is, and everyone in NH/VT maybe western MA should consider running this race. The entry fee is $20. Yes, $20 (early). $35 for a later registration. For that, you get a fantastic medal, a tech t-shirt with a local artists' graphic work of superheroes, great coupons in the race bag, a year's subscription to a variety of health and sport related magazines, and best of all, the proceeds go towards the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This is a fundraiser, and the minimum fundraising amount is $40, which you can easily sponsor yourself. Along with the Half Marathon, there's a 10k wooded hike, a 5k run, a 1 mile kids/family fun run, obstacle courses for the kids, and lots of spectator friendly events on the Dartmouth Green. All these events revolve around the Dartmouth Green so there's plenty of space to relax, meet up, sit under a tree, etc. When a race is spectator and family friendly, it makes the race bigger and better each year.

Finally, because this is a fundraiser for CHaD, the theme is Super Heroes. Many people dress up as a super hero and the costumes are fantastic. It's fun to see everyone on course running for some special kid in their life. I encourage everyone in northern New England to give this race a try!

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Last updated: 2013-10-24 12:00 AM
02:19:13 | 13.1 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 548/120
Overall: 87/659
Performance: Good
Course: Three loops through Hanover NH and Norwich VT, starting on the Dartmouth Green, crossing it twice, and then finishing on the green. Mostly flat with two long but not too steep hills. Beautiful course, lots of support.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-10-24 11:01 AM

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Subject: CHaD Hero Half Marathon

2013-10-24 11:03 AM
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Subject: RE: CHaD Hero Half Marathon
Okay, I'm also gonna shamelessly brag about my real goal for this race: to raise $2000 for CHaD. Well, not only did I meet that goal, but I surpassed it, raising over $2460, and becoming a Top 5 Fundraiser. I can't wait to bust THAT PR next year.
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