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7/26/14 11:38 A

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One week before rates rise for the 2014 Parks Half Marathon on Sept 14, 2014. Currently, it's $55 (+ $4.29 online) for a race as good as any at twice the price. What you get:

- paved trail through beautiful parks (hence the name)
- unlimited food from local restaurants (my favs: soufflé, pizza)
- on-course music that's so good, some runners stop & listen for awhile
- 2300 runners: perfect if you dislike races too large or too small
- finisher premium: useful clothing instead of yet another useless medal

This will be the 4th time I've run it - though not in a row. I volunteered for several years. It's put on by a local running club. Nice group to work with.

www.parkshalfmarathon.com

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PASTAFARIAN's Photo PASTAFARIAN Posts: 1,938
9/7/13 8:50 A

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Additional stats:

cups: 41,000
gallons of gatorade: 500
gallons of water: 1500
pizzas: 275
bagels: 600
6-foot subs: 16
pounds of ziti: 100
pounds of ice: 544
watermelons: 45
cases of bananas: 6
cases of oranges: 6

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PASTAFARIAN's Photo PASTAFARIAN Posts: 1,938
9/5/13 11:35 A

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Parks HM is this Sunday. An interesting statistic for the race:

Runners: 3000
Volunteers: 500

That's 1 volunteer for every 6 runners!


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PASTAFARIAN's Photo PASTAFARIAN Posts: 1,938
7/31/13 5:05 P

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Last day to register for the lovely Parks HM (Sept 8) in Montgomery County, Maryland at the rate of $55.

www.parkshalfmarathon.com

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PASTAFARIAN's Photo PASTAFARIAN Posts: 1,938
9/12/12 6:22 P

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Saw this guy on crutches finish the Parks Half Marathon this past Sunday. I was volunteering so I had the opportunity to study his stride. It was subtle - not simply using his crutches fast but rather he had a hop in the middle of every stride. It did not look efficient or fun for him but he was definitely moving fast! The results show his overall pace was 11:14 - wow! But 13.1 miles of that hop-crutching action must have been brutal! We all cheered as he went by!

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My apologies if I've used any politically-inappropriate language. (Feel free to offer corrections!)

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9/5/12 3:04 P

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I had originally planned to do either this one or the Run 4 Shelter on Kent Island. Not doing either now. This one had a time limit I wasn't completely comfortable that I could reach. Good luck to any who run it!

5k PR: 30:38 (9:41 pace) Gettysburg 5k 6/23/12
8k PR: 49:19 (9:50 pace) Celtic Solstic 5 miler 12/15/12
Half Marathon PR: 2:26:39 (11:07 pace) Baltimore Half Marathon 10/13/12
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8/27/12 12:55 P

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ACICEDA, There are many websites that attempt to list all HMs (at least in the US). Here are some good ones to start with.

For choosing "by date" and race description:

www.halfmarathons.net/race_calendar.
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For choosing "by location":

www.cubictc.com/halfmap/index.html

For choosing "by review":

racevine.com

Not so sure about that last one. Can't really find anything better. (Don't suggest facebook. I've seen too many facebook race sites where the administrators delete many of the critical reviews.)

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ACICEDA's Photo ACICEDA Posts: 534
8/27/12 11:37 A

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Wow - I have my first HM this weekend so I don't think I'll be ready to go for this one. However, maybe next year as it is not too far from home and I can make a mini-vacation out of it!

Brings up a question I have, has anyone cosolidated a list of races? Therefore we can get a bunch of ideas from this forum from a consolidated race in the areas we will be? I guess I can start data mining from the other forum links.

SEP12: Rock N Roll HM: 3:04:04


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8/27/12 1:06 A

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Two blingless HMs? Hmm. I guess Riley's was one of your blingless HMs. What was the other? And what was the registration fee? I'm always looking for good price-to-value relationship!

DC Road Runners has a $5 HM every December. No medal but you can easily eat your registration fee's worth of bananas and bagels at the finish :-p

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8/27/12 12:51 A

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I have run several two blingless races this year. Too bad that this is opposite the Run to Remember 5k.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
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8/26/12 9:48 P

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Anyone else doing Parks HM? It's in 2 weeks and is still only $55 to register.

It's a gorgeous course - from Rockville to Bethesda, MD - with good on-course support and both hot and cold food at the end. Limit of 3000 participants so it's not unmanageably big.

Bling lovers will want to avoid this race. Instead of useless medals, PHM gives clothing. Last year, we got winter tech shirts at registration and winter hats at the finish.

parkshalfmarathon.com/

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