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MCM Historic Half Newsletter March 2011
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Check the In Box for e-Confirmation Cards
All Historic Half and Semper Fred participants have been emailed the official e-Confirmation Card to facilitate Packet Pick-up check in at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo on May 13-14. At Packet Pick-up, runners will receive their bib with timing device and New Balance competitor shirt. The Expo, held at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, showcases health, fitness, food, exercise and more featuring vendors like Mary Washington Healthcare, Geico, New Balance, Chevrolet, MarathonFoto and the Historic Half Store. The free, open-to-all Expo will be held Friday, May 13 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded during the Expo's opening ceremony on May 13 at 3:30 p.m. Make Historic Half Your Spring Half Marathon
Official Historic Half Event Program-Exclusively Online
The 2011 Historic Half event program features important transportation information, course maps, the weekend schedule plus runner features, sponsor details and more. The interactive program is exclusively online -there will be no distribution of the program at the Expo. Runners are encouraged to read the program in advance of event weekend. Articles and ads are linked to relevant websites for easy click-throughs to important online, event-related information. Share the Run in the Relay Competition
Goodie Bags Now Online in IGiftBag
Marine Corps Historic Half runners do not have to wait until race weekend to sift through the coveted goodie bag for fantastic offers, prizes and retail specials. Runners will receive via email direct access to the Historic Half iGiftBag. This digital innovation to traditional race-day goodie bags affords runners the gift of bonus time by allowing them to take advantage of the specials in advance of event weekend. 2011 Event Series
Getting Around Half Weekend
Free shuttle service will be offered from the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to downtown Fredericksburg throughout the day on Saturday, May 14. On race day, free shuttles to and from the start/finish area will be available for runners and spectators via the commuter lot located on US 17 North, toward Warrenton. The commuter lot is located just off I-95 at Exit 133. The race-day shuttle will operate from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.. There will be no parking at the Expo and Conference Center start/finish area. The Historic Half encourages ride sharing to Fredericksburg. An additional race-day shuttle will be available to transport spectators from Central Park to downtown Fredericksburg on mile seven of the Marine Corps Historic Half course. Carbo Feast Features Good Food and Billy Mills
Music and Motivation over the Miles
There's nothing half way about this all-in entertainment bonanza on the Historic Half course. Get motivated by live bands, dancers, cheer zones, choirs and even a dog petting station. The sights and sounds of entertainers will energize the Historic Half course with jazz, bluegrass, classical, show tunes and hard-driving rock n' roll. Among the unique sights along the course will be the Liberty Hall Fife & Drum Corps, WFLS, Fredericksburg Classic and Muscle Car Club and the amazing aerial display of the American Flag. Destination: Fredericksburg
Relay This Message: Registration Still Open for Half Relay
Registration is still available for the Historic Half relay. Two-person running teams who together will complete the Historic Half, running 6.55 miles each. Relay runner "A" will charge the Historic Half course through Central Park to the relay exchange point at intersection of Pelham Street and Fall Hill Ave. Runners cross the timing mat to officially clock out for the first portion of the run. While there is no official hand off, the "B" relay runners will join Historic Half participants to complete the final 6.55 miles of the course by crossing the start mat in the Quarles lot. Runner "B" can only start their portion of the run after "A" is done. New Fredtastic Course, Shirt and Medals for this 5K
Semper Fred 5K Offers New Course and Cool Medals
With a brand new course and a shared start and finish with the Historic Half, the Semper Fred 5K is a great way to participate in Historic Half weekend. Registration is still open for the Semper Fred 5K presented by the Free Lance Star on May 15. For the first time in the event's history, finishers will receive a diamond shaped medal. Runners Properly Attuned to Tunes on the Course
Historic Half Course Maps
The Historic Half course includes six water points, two medical aid stations, a food station and many Fredericksburg landmarks. Print the course map or preview the run with turn-by-turn course description. Fredericksburg residents should note all race morning road closings. How to Beat Hospital Hill by VA Runner
Drew Carey Aims to Start and Finish the Historic Half
Comedian and "The Price is Right" game show host Drew Carey will make his half marathon debut at the Marine Corps Historic Half. Carey announced his plans to run in a March 14 tweet. In addition to running, Carey also will serve as the official starter of the half marathon event. Carey served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1981 to 1987. He was a communications center operator serving with the 4th Marine Division in Las Vegas and Cleveland. How to Beat Hospital Hill by VA Runner
Historic Half Training Apparel and Commemoratives
Visit the Historic Half online store to purchase exclusive New Balance technical apparel. The entire Historic Half clothing line will be on sale at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo. MarathonFoto will capture images of runners along the historic course and at the finish. The amazing action shots will be available for purchase electronically or on various products after the event. Lasting Commemoratives offers plaques and other keepsakes featuring original Historic Half-inspired artwork. Transportation Information for Runners