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MCM Historic Half Newsletter March 2011
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Semper Fred 5K
Make Historic Half Your Spring Half Marathon
Be there when the town crier calls for the starting musket to fire and run the streets where the nation's first president lived as a boy and the North and South came face to face in battle. On May 15, 2011, run or relay 13.1 in timeless Fredericksburg, perfectly situated between the nation's capital and the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Online registration remains open but entries are moving briskly. The cost is $75 and includes a New Balance technical participant shirt. This year, the Half is recognized as Road Runners Club of America's half marathon national championship. Make Historic Half Your Spring Half Marathon
Share the Run in the Relay Competition
Pairs of runners may register to run 6.55 miles as a Historic Half relay team. These runners will tag out in the relay zone near the residential area of Fall Hill Avenue by crossing dedicated timing mats. Relay runners will receive a distinctive ribbon on their medal for the collaborative 13.1 effort. Share the Run in the Relay Competition
Download e-Confirmation Cards in April
e-Confirmation cards will be emailed to all Historic Half and Semper Fred 5K registered runners in April. The card is utilized at Packet Pick-up, part of the Historic Half Healthy Lifestyle Expo on May 13-14 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. 2011 Event Series
Carbo Feast Features Good Food and Billy Mills
Get your carbs and a side helping of motivation at the Historic Half Carbo Feast on Saturday, May 14 at noon at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. Limited seating remains. The highlight is certain to be special guest speaker Olympian and Marine Billy Mills. Mills, as a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic track team in Tokyo, won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters competition. Carbo Feast Features Good Food and Billy Mills
Destination: Fredericksburg
There are over 600 half marathons hosted all over the country. The distance is exactly equal no matter where runners elect to runner. With the Marine Corps hosting the event, there's no question the organization will be exceptional. The deciding factor for runners must then be the scenery and the experience. By running the Historic Half, participants will step into charming historic downtown Fredericksburg that blends fascinating American heritage with upbeat contemporary shopping, dining and entertainment. Destination: Fredericksburg
New Fredtastic Course, Shirt and Medals for this 5K
Ok, so Fredtastic isn't really a word but the Semper Fred 5K course has been tweaked and rerouted to include better sights and more entertainment. For those not running the Half, jump in and register to run 3.1 just after the half marathon start on May 15 at 7:15 a.m. Other amazing event upgrades include new technical participant shirt and a finisher medal. New Fredtastic Course, Shirt and Medals for this 5K
Runners Properly Attuned to Tunes on the Course
Offering as much variety as a swift turn of the radio dial, the Historic Half course includes music, pageantry and costumes. Runners will enjoy drummers and fifers, a youth choir and orchestra, 18th century
re-enactors, a Scottish band, alternative rockers and muscle cars. The dazzling array of entertainment will have runners asking "what could possibly be next?"
Runners Properly Attuned to Tunes on the Course
How to Beat Hospital Hill by VA Runner
The half mile leading up to Historic Half mile marker eleven has come to be known as "Hospital Hill" as this portion of the course runs adjacent to Mary Washington Hospital. Jeff Van Horn from Fredericksburg's VA Runner offers tips for getting over the top. 1-Include hills in training runs. For runners living close to Fredericksburg, it will be a worthwhile exercise to practice running Hospital Hill itself. 2-Hill repeats can help with strength, speed and form. Pick a shorter hill about 20 to 50 meters long. Practice running up and walking down. Gradually increase the amount of reps. 3-Upper body strength can help power runners up the hill. Spend some time in the weight room working arms, chest and upper back. How to Beat Hospital Hill by VA Runner
Transportation Information for Runners
Getting around the 'Burg will be easy for runners and spectators. Free shuttles on Saturday, May 14 from the Expo to historic downtown will run throughout the day. On May 15, there will be no parking at the expo. Shuttles will deliver runners from the parking area at nearby commuter lots to the start and transport spectators from the start/finish area to mile 7. Transportation Information for Runners
Other Awesome Runs Organized by the Marines
The 2011 MCM event calendar includes challenging courses, wild themes and exciting running experiences. Registration is open for all MCM Event Series races and the MCM10K. The schedule includes the return of the beloved late summer music extravaganza known as RunStock on August 20 featuring just over three miles of peace and music. Run Amuck, the wildly popular mud and obstacle 3.5 mile event, moves to June 11. The MCM10K, held the same day as the MCM, October 30 in Arlington, VA, hosts 10,000 runners. For those not running, volunteer support is always appreciated. New Fredtastic Course, Shirt and Medals for this 5K