October 5, 2018
Finish time: 1:55:15
This was a last minute addition to my training schedule as my mom and brother wanted to race it. When we signed up, I knew it was going to be a challenge because the course map was super hilly and well, it was.
In the morning we parked in the main part of town. Parking was relatively easy as this is a race with not many particpants. You could also pick up the bibs the morning of the race which was convenient for me driving out from D.C. The course started in Shepherdstown, WV at the local university, took us down the C&O Canal pathway along the Potomac for 3 miles, then up a steep, long hill. The course took us through Antietam which was very interesting to run through a battlefield. Once we hit the main road out of the national park, it was rolling hills until we got back to the road that took us back to the University and finish line. The finish line was on the 50-yard line of the schools football field and afterward they handed us medals that looked like they were made in pottery class.
In regards to how things were run, the race didn’t start off exactly well. At one point the lead runners ran off the main route, with no cyclists in site. Thankfully there were many people who had run the race before that knew where to go so I followed them. We eventually met up with the lead runners, but it was still a very weird way to start off the race. It was nice to see the leaves changing as in D.C. fall hadn’t really taken place. There were aid stations every two miles or so which was definitely needed for the very steep and hilly course. The only flat part of the course was on the canal so for those of you looking for a flat course in West Virginia, this is not for you.
Perks: race day bib pickup, course
ehh… not a fan: post race food, medals, race organization