Race Recap: Honor Run Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Honor Run Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! It was a really really cold morning. The first really cold morning of the year, and it was a really good one for a double coffee kind of morning. I was running the Honor Run Half to represent BibRave, and I was really looking forward to the opportunity to run a half that had morning bib pick up, lots of convenient parking, and also one that I had not previously run before.

The Honor Run Half supports the Honor Flight, sending local veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to Washington DC to visit their respective war memorials. This was the fifth year of the event, and this time  the race was actually held ON Veteran's Day. I think that made it extra special, and I hope that it was extra special to veterans or members of Team RWB who ran (there is a large presence of those groups.)
I was definitely feeling pleased that I had more than one BibRave buff to complete my outfit this cold morning. It was going to be LOTS of layers, and BUFFs make an incredible difference when the temperature is below freezing.

Parking for this race is so easy. I don't know that I traditionally like running a race in a parking lot, but this race starts and finishes in the parking lot for the Florence Mall. I want to be clear, the race actually ran the ROADS around the parking lot (so I was pleased with this). The lot is WIDE open for parking, and it is very easily accessible from the highway. 

Packet pickup was inside the mall, which was open for hanging out in the warmth prior to the race. I did not wait inside, I sat in my friends car and we chatted, hanging out in person for the first time in over a year. 

We lined up at the start line a few minutes before the start of the race to be present for the announcements (which included one that all 5 year runners would be eligible to receive a jacket after the finish - Charlie, my friend, was one of those runners! He did not know that before, so he was pretty excited to be receiving that.) And we were off.

The course itself was fairly hilly, going through the shopping areas of Florence, KY, and then headed out by the airport, getting a view of the large DHL 747s. There were two 180 degree turns, and plenty of Gatorade and water on the course. There were lots of folks cheering, which was lovely for a smaller race in a suburb of Cincinnati. 
yes. I am wearing legwarmers. also - YAY free race photos!

Charlie and I were just running for fun, enjoying a supported long run, and clicking off lots of 8:45ish miles.

We crossed the finish line in around 1:54, PERFECT long run pace for me these days.
The race medal was beautiful, and I was pleased with the run. I definitely will be running this race again!


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