History meets Half Marathon.
Saturday, April 18, 2015, I participated in the Inaugural Petersburg Half Marathon in Petersburg Virginia. I have been excited about this race since it was first announced. Petersburg itself has a lot of historical significance and the theme of the race was based upon that. A good portion of the movie “Lincoln” was actually filmed in Petersburg.
The race course ran not only through historic downtown but also the beautiful and hilly (wink, wink) Petersburg National Battlefield. As an added bonus the course also featured Battlefield re-enactment inside the historic park.
I was very pleased that the sponsors of the race had done an excellent job relaying information via their Facebook page since the announcement of the race. Info was easy to access, they responded quickly to questions and keep all the racers well informed. Inaugural races can sometime be a little un-nerving because you don’t know what to expect. I did not feel that way with this race.
The course itself was a challenge compared to the flat races I am used to in Virginia Beach, and admittedly I was a bit nervous about the course. The only other “hilly” race I have ever done was back in November in CT at the Manchester Road Race which features one very L…O…N…G hill. And Petersburg was hilly, not super tall hills but there were plenty of rolling hills along the course.
The hills helped me prove to myself that I am much more capable than I have led myself to believe. The week before I had a rather not-so-hot race at the Dismal Swamp Stomp, a flat-out and back half. I started out too fast and had a hard last 5 miles. Not a great feeling heading in to a more challenging course. My goal for Petersburg was to finish well. I did that and more. I not only finished well but only 4 minutes slower than on the totally flat course the week before. #winning
Here are a few pics from the race course as it traveled through Petersburg National Park and beyond.
Post race featured a large finishers medal for the Half Marathoners, pizza, drinks and music.
All in all the race was well planned, challenging and fun. The sponsors have been wonderful about taking feedback from the runners and next years race is already open for registration. The sponsors have also promised more entertainment as far as the amount of participants in the Battle re-enactment and possibly even cannon fire!