• Norfolk,
    Virginia,
    United States
  • November
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

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The Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon Weekend presented by Bon Secours DePaul Orthopedics is an exciting two-day event that offers flat, fast, and scenic courses through Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk is your perfect race destination with a bustling Downtown, thriving arts community, and world-class cuisine, you’ll feel right at home the moment you arrive.

Enjoy 13.1 miles through the best of Norfolk, Virginia. Our course will take you through four of Norfolk’s neighborhoods including Downtown Norfolk, Historic Ghent District, Freemason District, and NEON Art District, through the Old Dominion University Campus, and along the Elizabeth River Trail before finishing beside the Elizabeth River. Once you cross the finish line, a post-race party like no other is waiting for you in Town Point Park. Enjoy live music, Blue Moon Brewing Co., and soup from The Neighborhood Harvest.

Dane D

Pennsylvania, United States
27 18
2019
"Party at the Harbor! "
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Dane D's thoughts:

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Expo/Packet pickup:
The expo was held at the Half Moon Cruise and Celebration Center next to the Town Pointe Park. Bib pickup was super smooth and the *did* require ID, which I'm a huge fan of.

The expo wasn't huge but the J&A team was super nice as well as all of the volunteers. They even had Santa there which the kiddos loved.

RACE DAY:
Port-o-Potties: There were a good bit at the beginning of the race and the lines, though long, moved pretty quick! Thought the course there were some scattered downtown and thereafter there were 2 to 3 after each hydration station.

Aid Stations: There was an adequate amount of aid stations. Luckily, I didn't need them this time around!

The Course: FLAT and FAST! I've raced quite a bit in Philly and had thought they were pretty flat. Norfolk was super flat. Hardly any slight rises. The crowd was amazing! It wasn't a huge crowd but literally like 5 single person cheering squads and I could hear them cheering for blocks it seemed! There were a couple of areas of cheer squads along the way and these people were pumped with energy and were great to keep you pushing!

Post-Race Party: After crossing the finish line and getting the finishers medal (which had a bottle opener built in - nice touch!) you made your way through the canal, got a sweet camo finishers hat and draw string zipper bag and then out to the party! They had chili (excellent choice for a chilly day), beer and spiked seltzer for adult beverages, and live music! Such a good time and exactly what was needed after a great race!

Overall, the Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon was a great experience. Being back in the south made me remember how nice people can actually be. A nod of the head and saying good morning rarely happens on the streets back north. Almost everyone said good morning or hello as we passed. I think I'll be returning for more races below the Mason Dixon line.

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