Coach Jenny's Picks: Half Marathons in the Midwest

June

Hospital Hill Half Marathon – Kansas City
http://www.hospitalhillrun.com/
Many runners shy away from hilly courses, but they don't realize the enormous sense of accomplishment that comes from running them. Plus, when you learn how to run hills with efficiency, you can run faster than flat courses (really)! This classic race is a Midwestern jewel and the second oldest running half marathon in the country.  Enjoy an active scenic tour of Kansas City as you roll through the course, and then kick off your shoes, put on your newly earned flip flops and medal and celebrate your finish with a beer and BBQ at the post-race party.

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Hatfield & McCoy Half Marathon – Kentucky
http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.com/
OK, so this one is a little close to home for me, but it's all in good fun (look at my last name). This is a pint-sized race (300 to 500 runners) with a heart that beats for miles. It has a down home feeling of community and runs through the scenic not-so-rolling hills of Kentucky and finishes in West Virginia. It runs to the theme of the famous feud between the Hatfield's and the McCoy's–all of the participants compete as one or the other (a Hatfield or a McCoy) to officially settle who won the feud (and who is faster).

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About the Author

Jenny Hadfield

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

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