Harrisburg Half Marathon Relay (Race Recap)

14 Oct

On September 8th I ran the Harrisburg Half Marathon Relay with a good friend of mine.

This is a smaller race, and the relay makes up a small portion of it (there were only 32 relay teams). The relay is divide into two sections – the first is about 6.7 miles, the second is approx 6.4 miles.

My friend and I were able to get to Harrisbug to pick up our packets the night before, no issues. I really liked the race shirt. Though it was cotton it is green which is a nice change. ๐Ÿ™‚ We stayed across the river from the start line.

The morning of the race we walked across the river, and I waited with my friend (who had leg 1) until about 10 minutes before the race started. From there I walked about a mile and a half to the relay exchange point.

It was a gorgeous walk along the river.

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Once I got to the exhange point, I ate some Gu Chomps, and drank a little water from my hand held. From then, I just waited.

It was really fun to see the lead half marathoners come in and cheer them on. Based on my friends estimated time, I knew when to get into position for an easy hand off. Really, we had nothing to “hand off”, but I had a bag with a sweatshirt for her to put on so I wanted to make sure to give it to her before I took off.

I forget the time she came in at – between 1:05 and 1:15 I think? It was so fun to see her coming in and I started jumping up and down so she could see me. Then I took off. WAY too fast. My friend had been running with runners that are way faster than me and unfortunately (or fortunately, I’m not sure), I kept up with them for the first mile. whoops.

We ran along the river for another mile or two before looping back through some scenic neighborhoods and ending back up along the river. The last mile and a half or so was really rough – the sun was beating down and I was feeling sick to my stomach. I think having my handheld water bottle with me actually made me drink MORE water than I would typically and made me feel sick. Lesson learned.

The last stretch of the race crossed a bridge back to City Island, and it was so so scenic. The finish line was right at the end of the bridge so you could see it the entire time and know when to pick up the pace. I cross, got a medal (love that the relay finishers got medals too!), and found my running buddy.

My half of the relay was way slower than I had hoped (our combined time was 2:38:xx). I felt really bad – my friend did a great job during leg 1 and I just couldn’t keep it up during leg 2.

But despite that, it was really fun to run a relay, and definitly something I would do again. Maybe I just wouldn’t be the anchor leg. ๐Ÿ™‚


4 Responses to “Harrisburg Half Marathon Relay (Race Recap)”

  1. mizunogirl October 14, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    great smile!!!! time is time…it isn’t the end all that we sometimes make it into. Looks like you and your buddy had a good time!

  2. Bree October 14, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I think the idea of a relay is so fun! I’m usually pretty worried about letting people down, but I want to do it eventually! Glad it went well!

    • Becca October 28, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      haha yea, luckily I ran this with a close friend, so I think she knew what she was getting in to. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Harrisburg Half Marathon Race Recap | Diary of a slow runner - November 4, 2016

    […] I ran this race as part of a relay back in 2013, but ran the second leg (and man it was a tough race for me). I never got to experience the first half of the course, and though I know they have changed it from previous years, I really enjoyed it this year. I stuck with the pacer for the first 3 miles or so, but her pace honestly felt a bit fast, so I knew I would have to let her go at the first water stop, and I did. After we crossed the river we ran out along some local roads in the city before connecting with a really pretty bike path that dumped us out right along a trail right next to the river around 6.5. […]

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