The race started on paved roads by CMU’s SAC. The route then led to unpaved, dirt country roads for the majority of the race. The holes in the dirt roads, which had frozen solid, made for a beating in runners knees. The open fields surrounding the majority of the race made for cold frigid winds, but the after party was fun and each runner was given a pint glass and winter hat. This year each half marathon finisher also received a finisher’s medal. The race is part of a three race series, so each of the half marathon medals fit together to form a larger medal. Although the race was tough, I am very glad that I ran it! It was a new experience taking on this distance in the winter! I finished the race in 2:22.