Monday, October 19, 2009

Samaritan Christian Ministry of Wilkes' Race for the Hungry

As many of you have observed, half marathons are a little scarce these days.  However, there's a new one taking place on Saturday, Nov. 14th, 2009 in Wilkesboro.

As someone who cut his teeth on long-distance running in Wilkesboro, I can attest that there are some terrific places in which to run.  Back in the day there used to be a half marathon and 5-miler, but alas that disappeared.  Now there's a new set of races in town, called the Samaritan Christian Ministry of Wilkes' Race for the Hungry (scroll to the bottom for race brochure, driving instructions, and map), which will consist of a half marathon, 5k, and fun run.

I know what you're thinking:  Wilkesboro, being at the foot of the Brushy Mountains, must mean that the courses are hilly.  Far from it.  The 5k course is nearly pancake flat and suitable for PR performance, and the half-marathon is mostly flat, with a hump in the middle.

Where's Wilkesboro?  From Davidson take I-77 north to exit 73, then west on Hwy. 421 toward Boone; about an hour's worth of driving.

Thanks, Jim Crotts and Randy Brooks!

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