Lately I have been choosing my runs based on the course and the medal.
After the Philly marathon I realized I hate out and back courses. I don’t want to go one direction and then turn around and do it all over again.
Runner’s World wrote an article about the coolest race medals a few months ago. One of the top races was the Bird in Hand Half Marathon in PA. We thought the race looked cool and it wasn’t too far.
Cheryl and I got up early and headed to the start. We literally parked in a cornfield.
There was also a hot air balloon festival going on in the morning.
The balloons were going up when we got to the start. Once they were in the air they started to disappear. I have not idea where they were going!
The sunrise was really cool. There were farms everywhere.
We stopped at the porta-potties before the line got long.
Each one had an inspirational quote inside. It was such a cool idea.
Then we lined up to start.
There were no corrals. You lined up where you thought you should start. Cheryl and I didn’t really train so we started around the 2:30 pace line.
As the race started it got foggy out. I was pretty glad it was overcast because the sun would have been killer mixed with all the hills.
The local amish volunteered for the race. They handed out water and gatorade. They did not like pictures.
Running past the cornfields was cool. It made for a lot to look at.
The hills were no joke.
At one point we had to run down a dirt farm road.
There was a stop along the road. The girl was saying “Rita’s” and Cheryl said to her she wished it was. We figured they were just using Rita’s cups, but it was Rita’s! Sugary water ice was a great treat.
After that it was just a few miles until the finish.
I think the horse and buggies are so cool!
I couldn’t get over how pretty it was there!
We finished in 2:23, which wasn’t bad for not training. Our medal was the best part.
It’s a horseshoe! A literal horseshoe! The amish donate them to make into medals. They are so cool and so heavy!
I would definitely recommend this run to anyone who likes running in scenery and also is ok with hills.