More than 200 women and nearly 70 volunteers came out for the 21st annual VHTRC Women’s Half Marathon, enjoying perfect early fall weather. After the VHTRC men’s glee club serenaded the field at the start line, the runners were off and running on the trails.
On the mostly dry course, dozens of runners picked up funny costumes and stuffed animals at the aid stations and valiantly wore/carried them back to the finish line for a prize. Purple hair and fairy wings never looked so good.
New this year, runners passed through Juanita’s Cantina at the Wolf Run Shoals aid station, and we hear that we all let a little loose with our hydration on that end of the course…
Back at the finish line, club volunteers were making smoothies as smooth as you wanted them, and after a year’s delay, our post-run pizza was finally delivered.
Though many women ran for fun and not necessarily speed (true trail runners, we say), there were a handful of fierce competitors on the course. Overall winner and VHTRC club member Martha Nelson held a commanding lead all morning and set a new course record of 1:33:33, besting her old record by more than four minutes. Second-place overall Sonja Hinish also won the tight mother-daughter team competition with her mom, Trudy Hinish.
Congratulations to all the finishers, and we hope to see you next year!