#FairfieldHalfMarathon Race Report

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13.1 Miles Done!

My running friends and I ran the 29th annual Fairfield Half Marathon on Sunday, June 23rd.  The Half Marathon sold out their capacity of 5,000 runners before race day.  The entry fee was $65 (probably less expensive if you took advantage of early registration).  The signature charity of the Fairfield Road Race is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and the race is hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters.

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Walking to the beach to pick up our tech shirts.

The race had a “late” start of 8:30am and the weather was going to be hot and humid.  The course was new this year.  The hills were to be eliminated and the course was to stay close to the beach.

Since we had run 10 miles the day prior with the Hartford Marathon Foundation Full Training Group, this race was going to be run just for “fun”.    Our plan was to follow Jeff Galloway’s run 2 minutes and walk 30 seconds plan.

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The crowd at the start

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Love the sneaker shot…

The race start was divided into two starts – men in on direction and women in the other.  We would converge at mile 1 (or somewhere around there, I wasn’t paying attention).  The race was timed by Gun Time not Bib Time.  We tried to get as close to the start line as possible and started our Garmin’s as soon as we started moving even though we hadn’t yet crossed the start line.

The race was well supported by the community.  Since it was hot, the firemen and the homeowners had sprinklers hanging above the streets to cool the runners.  The aid stations were stocked well with volunteers and were run efficiently.  Both water and Gatorade were provided.  There was also a GU station.  Only one of the stations, somewhere around mile 9, had run out of cups.

The course was beautiful and traveled along the neighborhood streets of Fairfield’s beach communities.  We passed some pretty impressive mansions.  The hills WERE NOT eliminated from the course, but they were manageable.

There was enter225tainment on the course and plenty of runners to keep one company, however, if you need to run with music to keep you motivated, then I would suggest being prepared.

The finish line food was above average with watermelon, yogurt, pizza, bananas, oranges, fruit juice and bread.  However, the food tent was not policed and those who did not run and did not pay the $65 race fee were helping themselves to food.

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The finish line…just need to get to the flag!

All in all, the Fairfield Half Marathon receives high marks from me.  It had a scenic course that was well managed and supported by the community.  I would recommend it for those traveling in from New York City and local communities in Connecticut.  Shuttles to and from the race were provided from the Metro North train station.  I would also recommend getting to the parking lot at Jennings Beach early since it reached capacity early in the morning.

I finished the Fairfield Half Marathon with a hard earned time of 2:41.  It was my 12th completed race of 2013 and my 5th Half Marathon of the year!

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