Outdoor Education Center

Join Us for the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon!

The Harpers Ferry Half Marathon is just around the corner on Saturday, May 11. Don’t miss one of the most challenging and beautiful half marathons in the country!

The 13.1 mile course is almost completely enclosed in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the preserved Civil War era towns of Bolivar and Harpers Ferry. The route includes close to 1,000 feet of total elevation gain and 2,000 feet of total elevation change. Participants will experience a mix of trail, road, and crushed, gravel paths and will be able view the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers. The steep uphill portions will test each runner’s strength and will. The fun and challenging downhill sections will be a wild ride you’ve rarely experienced in a run. Breathtaking views of the rivers, historic buildings, and mountains will stimulate the senses and inspire you to reach the finish line. To register for $50 before April 21, visit http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/Registration.html.  After April 21 the price increases to $55. A t-shirt, beverages, fruit, bagels, pizza, and a medal if you complete the half marathon are included in the registration fee. Join us after the race at River Riders to celebrate with music, food, and good company.

If you’re not up for an entire half marathon, join us for a 4-mile run! This course runs along gentle hills and trail/road mix through the lovely Harpers FerryNationalHistoricPark. The low price for this race is $25 if you sign up before April 21, and after the 21st the rate increases to $30.

Our FREE Kids One Mile Fun Run will begin later that morning at 11:00am. Encourage your children to join us in this exciting race along the beautiful Harpers FerryNational Park. No need to pre-register, just sign up from 9:00-10:45am on race day at River Riders (408 Alstadts Hill Rd, Harpers Ferry, WV).

Be sure to check out the website (http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/) for a detailed schedule and registration. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit the volunteer page at http://www.harpersferryhalf.org/volunteers.html. A huge thank you goes out to the many sponsors who are making this race possible: Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Bank of Charles Town, Panera Bread, Two Rivers Treads, River Riders, and PizzaCity. This event is directly connected to the Outdoor Education Center of FLOC as all the proceeds will benefit our cause along with another local nonprofit organization, Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children (EPIC). Join us Saturday, May 11 in Harpers Ferry to help support the OutdoorEducationCenter!

(Sarah Nowicki is an AmeriCorps Vista at FLOC’s Outdoor Education Center).

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