Whether you're a veteran long distance runner or a newly motivated couch to 5K-er, YOU can run the CHaD HERO.
The 5K run and 5K walk share the first loop of the half marathon course. The terrain is gentle looping through the Dartmouth College Campus, and Hanover, NH's Occum Pond. It is a great option for anyone, including kids who want to run with an adult and try their first running event.
There is one water stop along the 5K course that also has Powerade for runners.
We will be honest with you, the half marathon is a challenging course. This is northern New England and flat terrain isn't our specialty. The hills come in the second and third loops of the course, and we inspire you up with cheering spectators, music and fun signs. But in the words of one participant, "If CHaD kids can endure multi-year cancer treatments, extended stays in the Intensive Care Nursery or learn to live with a chronic illness for the rest of their lives, I can make it up a hill."
There are water stops approximately every 2 miles along the half marathon course which also provide Powerade, and runner assistance if needed. There are port-a-potties at 4 locations along the half marathon course, and a team on bikes patrolling the entire course to provide runner support.
Be sure to take advantage of the pacers who will be spread out along the course at various running paces starting at a 7 minute pace and ending at an 11 minute pace. Pacers will be in bright orange t-shirts so you won't be able to miss them. A special thank you to the Upper Valley Running Club for coordinating and providing pacers for the HERO!
Contact us if you have further questions about running at the CHAD HERO.