Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Marathon Foundation: Run Middletown! - Free Group Runs, Course Preview
You likely heard we’ve changed up the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half course. If you haven’t viewed the aerial mile-by-mile video, check it out here. We’re also giving you two opportunities to check it out with free group runs led by Team HMF coaches! Preview the course on Saturday, March 25 (8:00 am) in a 10-mile run, or Thursday, March 30 (5:30 pm) in a 6-mile run. Sign up here for details.
We think you’re going to welcome the course changes but don’t just take our word for it – we also have a Middletown resident runner to offer expert opinion!
Salena Chatman is a new member of Team HMF and prolific local runner who recently hit her 100th town on her quest to reach Run 169 status. She ran the half course start to finish a couple weeks ago and offers her own insights and (unfiltered!) opinions below.
First, I have to say....The new course is great! It's not as hilly - that's a huge plus! Ok, ok that's not the only reason though…
If you disliked the uphill Court Street start as much as I did, I'm happy to report it's GONE! Want more good news?? It's still there for the downhill finish...how can that get better?? Remove an uphill and still get the downhill?? Win, win!
Another hill that I won't miss is Church Street, on the previous course it was around mile 1-1.5. You still get to see the main campus of Wesleyan University though, which is a plus. Even better than the uphill being gone is that you get it as a downhill. Seriously, two of the worst hills gone and that's before mile 5 - I know I'm happy about it. You'll also get to see various sections of the Wesleyan campus on the half course.
Read more on the HMF blog.