Marshall University Marathon

From Mike “Colonel Cupcake” Cannon:

RidgeRunners, have we got a deal for you!  If you are interested in running a marathon or half marathon this fall, please consider this opportunity.

The Marshall University Marathon is held on Veteran’s Day weekend (first weekend in Nov) in Huntington, WV.  It is an inexpensive, relatively small, very well organized, and FLAT race.  Yes, flat.  Like pancake flat.  It’s probably the only flat course in the state.

The race also pays tribute to the memory of the Marshall University Football team and supporters who were killed in a tragic plane crash in 1970.  The movie, We Are Marshall, chronicles this event.  The race supports the Wounded Warrior project as well and provides a HUGE discounted registration for military members (active, guard, and reserve).

The RidgeRunners would like to take a group to run this awesome race.  The club would rent a van or vans and pay for transportation to/from the race and transportation in and around Huntington.  We would block rooms at a hotel (Ramada Limited – Huntington) for our runners to reserve.  Most rooms have two queen beds so each room could accommodate up to 4 runners to cut your costs.  We’d leave on Saturday morning, race on Sunday, and return on Monday (Veteran’s Day).  It’s about a 6 hour drive.

You’d be responsible for race registrations (~$65-80 for the full, ~$40-50 for the half), lodging, and food (except for Saturday dinner which will be the pre-race pasta dinner).  You’d also be responsible to train for the race, although we’ll provide training plans and advice to those who would like them.  We’d also require a $20 deposit for the vans, fully refundable at the finish line (having a solid head count is necessary for us to be able to pull this off).

If you’ve never travelled/stayed with a group for a race, you’re in for a treat!  If you’ve never ran a race of this distance before, you’ll be buoyed by the support of the club members.  If you want a low-cost weekend out of town, this is it.

In summary:

Club provides transportation, training plans, camaraderie, opportunities for room sharing

You provide race registration, your own food and fun money, a trained racer, and a $20 (refundable upon race completion)

Here are some links to the race.  Additionally, Mike Cannon and Stephen MacDonald have both run the race and can offer their opinion and insight.