In addition to running Disney races, I’ve had a great time running the Hershey 10k the past couple of years. Now that I have two Disney half marathons under my belt, I decided to give the Hershey Half Marathon a try! The race took place yesterday: Sunday, October 18th.
We went up the day before to pick up my race stuff and visit the expo. It was a small expo but some cute things. I didn’t buy anything but I really liked the long sleeve tech shirt we got, plus a 13.1 magnet and some other little goodies! We spent the day at Hershey Park doing some roller coasters, and then went to dinner at Fenicci’s of Hershey for some Italian. The food was quite good!
The morning of the race it was cold. I woke up around 6am to get ready and it was 28 degrees out. 28 degrees in mid-October! I really, really do not like the cold so I was already a little grumpy. We drove from our hotel to Hershey Stadium, parked, and I stayed in the warm car as long as possible before getting out. I got to the start line only about 15 minutes beforehand so I wouldn’t have to be out in the cold too long.
The beginning started out a little slow because there were so many people. There aren’t corrals, but there were over 4,000 runners so it got a little congested, even with the wide roads, until about 2-3 miles in. Once I started running I got warmer from that, and the sun came out so I dropped off my sweatshirt with my husband at his spectator spot around mile 2.
We ran through the parks around miles 3-4, which is always a fun and exciting time. Even some of the Hershey characters were on the sidelines cheering us on! After that it was around the town of Hershey, passing the country club amongst other things. In between miles 11 and 12 there was even a “chocolate aid” station where they handed out mini Hershey bars! Then we race back toward the theme park and back to Hershey Stadium, where the finish line was!
Once my body warmed up a bit I actually felt quite good during this run. I didn’t feel as painfully sore by the end. And I got a new PR (personal record!). I finished the race in 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 41 seconds, with a pace of 11:11 min/mile. For comparison, my time for the Disneyland Half marathon last month was 2:31, and my first half marathon in February was 2:43. It’s so great to see improvement!
I always enjoy running in Hershey and despite the cold it was enjoyable again this time around! If my schedule permits I hope I will be back for 2016!