In some ways it’s easy to explain the growing popularity of the half marathon. It’s obviously not as long as the 26.2 mile race, but you feel a sense of accomplishment that’s similar to finishing a marathon when you cross the line after running half that distance. Last year for the first time ever in the U.S., more than 2 million people finished half marathons, according to survey out this month from Running USA. That survey also shows that among core runners nationwide, the half marathon (13.1 miles) is now the favorite distance.
“The half marathon has become like the 10K [6.2 miles] of yesteryear and there’s a lot more around,” says Mike Silverman, co-director of theCovered Bridges Half Marathonin Vermont. “You know it’s a little more challenging. So I think it’s the next step for the person in the 5K, the 10K. But right now it seems to be booming. The half marathon is where everybody is going towards.”
To CBHM Runners, Family, Friends and Spectators! Thanks for all your help with the recycling efforts at the half marathon on Sunday.
Our system gets better every year and we continue to see a greater percentage of the waste diverted from the landfill. Once again we got lots of positive comments and thanks from the runners for our recycling efforts. We couldn't do it without such dedicated volunteers.
More than 500 pounds of compost went to Sunrise Farm in Hartford.
At the start we collected twice as much recycling as trash
At the finish we half filled a 15 yard dumpster with recycling
10 yard trash container was almost empty
In the rolling bins we collected three times as much recycling as trash
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Saturday, June 6, 2015 Time:
1-5 p.m. Race Information & Course Maps: Mike and Bill will be in front of the Woodstock Library by the
green to answer any questions you may have. Stop by and say HI!! Look
for the CBHM banners outside. Some of the UVRC Pacers plan to be on hand too to answer questions.
RACE DAY! Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015 Race Parking Opens: 5:45 a.m. (Quechee Village Lot for Buses) Registration Table Opens: 6 a.m. Race Start Time: 8:15 a.m.
From Interstate 89: Take Exit 1 (Woodstock exit) and follow Route 4 west towards Woodstock. The parking area is a Quechee Gorge Village, about 2.4 miles from the exit-- follow signs.
From Interstate 91: Take Interstate to White River Junction, Vermont, to Interstate 89 North. Then follow directions above for I-89.
From the West: Take Vermont Route 4 east; go 8 miles past Woodstock, -- follow signs.
Racer Check-In and Bib Pick Up-Suicide Six Ski Area Tables Open at 6 a.m. Race Start: 8:15 a.m.
BIB (Number) Pick Up: Racer's Bibs will be given to runners at the Start Area at Suicide Six the morning of the race. Please note, the Bib will ONLY BE GIVEN TO THE REGISTERED RUNNER. (We have got the system down pretty well so you wait less than 2 minutes to get your bib.)
Personal Baggage: Baggage will be transported from the Start area back to the Finish area just before the start of the race. Plan on bringing your own bags with labels already on. In case of bad weather, you'll want to make sure the bag is waterproof.
Thanks Ryan Finish: Polo Field, Quechee, Vermont
Course difficulty: The course has a very gentle downgrade, dropping 200 feet in elevation over the 13.1 miles. There is a moderate hill at mile 5 and a short, steep hill at mile 8. 2015 Race Map Course records: Men: Seth McClennan, 1995, 1:07:06; Women:Andrea Walkonen, 2012 1:17:22
Water Stops: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 miles, plus Start and Finish. Electrolyte Drinks Available at Stops: mile 6, 8, 10 and 12. Port-o-lets: mile 1.5, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12 plus Start and Finish.
Best Viewing of Runners:
The two best places to watch runners are the Village of Woodstockand at the Finish Line. Spectator parking is very convenient to the Finish Line at the Polo Field. (see the map above)
Remember NO PARKING at Taftsville!
Timing: We will be using the ChronoTrack "B" Tag
Timing System again this year.
The B Tag is attached to the back of your bib, eliminating the fussing with your shoe laces. Racers cross Timing Mats at the Start and Finish to give you both an official "Gun" time as well as the unofficial "Net" time from when you cross the start mats. You, and your B Tag, must pass over both mat systems (start and finish) in order to receive your "Net" time. If your start time is not recorded, you will only receive your "Gun time". The official order of finish for the first three male and female finishers will be based on “Gun” time. For all but these 6 finishers, we will use “Net” times for official order of finish. The USAT&F does accept “Net” times for rankings for masters runners (40 and over). However, it is unclear if they will accept “Net” times for other age groups. Web site results on cbhm.com will be posted in both "Gun" time order as well as "Net" time order.
For the B Tag to work, it must be pinned on your outermost layer of clothing on your front and NOT folded or wrinkled.
Buses Back to Quechee Village Lot-Runners can board buses to be transported up the hill from the Finish Line to where you parked your car pre-race. Note: This is the SAFEST WAY to get back to your car!
Race Finishing Medals:Will be given out at the Finish Line T-Shirts: Shirts will be given at the end of the race to each finishing racer. Shirts cannot be mailed. T-shirt sizes are by gender because of the different cuts. Womens - S, M, L, XL. Mens - S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Food Tent: In response to feedback from past
participants, we are increasing the quantity and variety of food. Bagels will be available at the start
of the race. Massages: The Strong House Spa is coordinating FREE, post-race massages.
Beer Tent: Harpoon Brewery has agreed to supply
CBHM with tasty beverages for each registered finisher over 21 years of
age. We are glad to welcome Harpoon as a sponsor to the event! Beer
will be available for friends and spectators for a price - Positive ID
Race Photos: CBHM 2015 Official Race Photographer Pat Hendrick Pat Hendrick Photography 259 State Route 86 Paul Smiths, NY 12970 Call 518-327-3342 Or email email@example.com Remember to wear your bib on the FRONT of your body throughout the race so that the photographers can identify you.
REMINDERS for Saturday Race Information & Course Maps:Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 Time: 1-5 pm Mike and Bill will be in front of the
Woodstock Library by the green to answer any questions you may have.
Stop by and say HI!! Look for the CBHM banners outside.