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5/4/14 11:07 P

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Wow the smallest I have been in is I think the Ben Moore Memorial about 150

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5/2/14 5:11 A

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Check it out at their website. Registration usually does not come up until about a month and a half before any of the races. But they are very low cost.

http://www.jvstriders.com/

They are a very small group and the website is very limited but if you look in the results area for Dry Valley Half, you can find results and the map. There are also photos on the site somewhere. Maybe on the FB page, not sure. The race is at the end of October, last Sunday and usually starts around lunchtime. Most of the time the turnout is around 30-40 runners. The route is rolling hills and very scenic. I have never done it this one myself but I hope to this year.

Most of the runs are in the Lewistown, PA area. This group really seems to get the kids involved and they organize lot's of races throughout the year. I would love to have a running group in my area. The closest one to me is still an hour away.

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5/1/14 9:22 P

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44? Wow! Are you sure they're not doing something wrong? I tried to look at the details but couldn't find any race info or a registration link! (Maybe that's how they keep registrations so low?)

I live only 2 hours away! Can't wait to hear more about this race. :-)

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5/1/14 7:20 P

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Dry Valley Half last year had 44 runners. This year I hope to be one of them. Juniata Valley Striders is an awesome group of runners from young to older runners and they do an amazing job with their races. Most are just south of State College in PA. I live two hours away and still do a lot of their races and am a member of the club. I wish they were closer to me.

I love Ridgway and may check that race out but it is about 3 hours away for me too. But a beautiful town!

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4/26/14 2:34 P

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Hmm. Ridgway, PA turns out to be about 3 hours away. Probably not this year, but driving that far for a small race sounds intriguing . . . if the free time works out.


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4/26/14 12:11 P

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Here is a link to the 2013 results http://www.runhigh.com/2013RESULTS/R110313
AD.html - I'm not sure why they aren't on the YMCA's main site. I believe 2012 was the first year they offered the half and full so maybe it will gain momentum over time. I did place 3rd in my a/g (out of 4), but my goal was just to run it sub 2hrs, and I did. I think only a handful of people didn't place. I will make sure to post on this board as well when they announce the 2014 date. It is really a nice friendly hometown race, the scenery is beautiful, and it's a great opportunity to get your feet wet or get a new PR thanks to the flat crushed gravel course.

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4/26/14 10:45 A

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Martha - Wow, 50 runners! Did you get an AG award? (Did anyone *not* get an award?)

Do you have a link? I found 2012 results but not 2013; however, it had 67 finishers. I guess there could have been earlier ones but we need evidence for Wikipedia. (When we get down to such small numbers, a single finisher could break the tie for what we submit to Wikipedia!)

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4/26/14 10:32 A

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Moby, I understand some of your concerns. Ok, let's limit it to HMs that:

- have a history (repeated annually)
- shows evidence as being real (results available at athlinks.com or similar sites)

I don't know why you care about "organizers bragging". I'm not asking organizers for this data. When I mentioned that 86-finisher race, I was drawing from my own personal experience. (By the way, that race is listed at athlinks and is repeated annually. Numbers have grown since then - now it's over 100 finishers - and is going on its 7th year, so it's clearly a successful event.

A lot of people would disagree with your observations on the number of participants. For example, consider Barkley. Held annually since 1986, Barkley is a 100 mile race limited to a field of 35 runners. (Just getting in is an achievement.) Barkley is hard due to distance, terrain, and cutoffs. This year, only 1 person finished. Some years, no one finishes. It's still widely recognized. (My ultra-friends talk about Barkley in reverent tones!)



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My smallest was the Ridgway YMCA turkey trot half - 50 runners. However, they also host a 5k and full marathon that day as well, and between the three events there are over 200 participants. It was a great low pressure half for a first time, I definitely encourage anyone looking for a nice small race to get their feet wet to check it out. Plus the course is 100% flat on the rails to trails.

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4/26/14 8:52 A

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I'm skeptical about being able to positively identify the smallest half marathon.

In theory, there could be a half marathon race with only 2 participants. I wouldn't consider it a race with only one runner. Or if you measure by finishers, there could be a small race where only one person actually finished. If no one finished, I wouldn't consider it a true race.

The thing is, the organizers aren't going to be bragging about really small events. Being small usually means that the event wasn't as successful as planned or hoped. The only way I can see an organizer telling us about a small turnout is if the race persists several years and it's part of the publicity about how it's grown since way back when.

In my very limited experience, I haven't come across anything as small as 70 or 80 finishers; but I haven't been actively looking for small races, either.


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4/25/14 1:26 A

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Too bad about the 78 HM & 80 M in Iowa you mentioned. Curious, I looked at the reviews and everyone raved about how good it was!

www.marathonguide.com/races/racedeta
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4/24/14 10:17 A

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My smallest half was 78 people. It was On the Road for Education in Mason City IA. There was a full too with about 80 or so people. But last year was the last time they were going to have the race.

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4/24/14 8:23 A

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Can't top that for a Half. I have doen shorter races with smaller fields. I think the smallest was a 5K with only something like 16 competitors. I think everyone left with a medal of some sort!

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4/24/14 3:29 A

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It's obvious what the largest HM is (or was): According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half_marathon , the largest ever was the Broloppet HM with 79,719 finishers in 2000.

But what's the smallest? Wikipedia doesn't say. We should come up with one and fix Wikipedia's HM page :-) What's the smallest HM you've been in? Has to be a real race. (No Kip Litton imaginary races, please.)

The smallest HM I've been in had 86 people. (Western MD HM in 2010.) Can anyone top that?

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