Fourth Annual Sandman x4x Half Marathon

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4th annual Sandman Extreme for Excellence Half Marathon starts in downtown Wytheville, Va., snow or shine, at the old rec center. The run descends in the first mile to a crossing of Reed Creek at 2,100 feet elevation, before beginning a 4.5 mile climb to the top of Sand Mt. at 3,100';. The climb to the top is on hard surface road, with about 4 miles on packed gravel. A shorter 9 mile alternate run is available without the full climb. Winners in age categories will receive customised hour glasses. The event is a fundraiser for the Wythe County Public School Foundation for Excellence--we';re all about excellence. More information available at www.wytheexcellence.org

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