- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
First off, let me say that you will probably not enjoy this race. The course and conditions make this race a challenge for any runner. It's not particularly scenic. It doesn't have a ton of spectators. I usually tell people that I don't like it.
That being said, the Lynchburg Half Marathon is a great race to run. Many runners are often training for a big event. We have goals. We work hard in the summer to be ready for whatever we decide to take on in the fall. The Lynchburg Half is the perfect race to test your training.
It's a small, local race so of course it will be missing some of the things that are fun about larger races. The packet pickup is at our local running store, Riverside Runners. There's no "Expo", but it's a pretty great running store. The shirt is always a good shirt. Some of my favorites are from this race. I like some of the shirts so much that I refuse to put them in my smelly running shirt rotation and I wear them casually.
The course is well organized, marked and has plenty of volunteers to keep you going the right way. The course is mostly flat, but there is a long climb up a gravel road that will test you. There are other less significant climbs throughout the course as well. The good news is that you get to run down the hill that you had to climb and the last 3-4 miles are all flat or downhill.
This year's finisher's medal is AWESOME. They haven't always been awesome, but I think more emphasis is being put on them than in the past. I look forward to collecting more of them.