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The Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon and Running Festival—Be Part of this Inaugural Event Along the Boston Marathon Course
Join the editors and luminaries of Runner’s World for a weekend of races and festivities in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts during the weekend of June 6 – 8, 2014. The weekend’s running events include a Half Marathon, 5K, 10K, and kids’ run. An Expo, including the showing of classic running films and expert running and health and fitness seminars, will run all weekend long. Boston Children’s Hospital is the official charity partner of the inaugural Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival.

The Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon and Running Festival—Be Part of this Inaugural Event Along the Boston Marathon Course

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 2 June, 2014

The first ever Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Festival by Runner’s World will be held June 6 to 8, 2014, on the beautiful campus of Boston College, just off the Boston Marathon course which is so deep in history and running lore. The campus sits atop the final hill in the heartbreak series, now so richly iconic for all runners familiar with Boston.

This will be a milestone experience for any runner, and also will be accessible to all with three different distances and a free kids’ run along with specialized children’s programming. There are several individual challenges in addition, with the innovative “Hat Trick” (Boston is also a hockey town) for runners who wish to complete the 5K and 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday; or the more moderate “Five and Dime”, where runners complete the 5K and 10K back to back on Saturday morning.

There will also be a “Team Challenge” with two sets of prizes: the top three teams in finish time (first two women and first two men combined times); or the top three teams in total participation.

In addition to the running challenges the weekend offers top-notch amenities, a beautiful course, and the opportunity to run in the first ever Heartbreak Hill races by Runner’s World. This is a great complement to the initial Runner’s World Half and Festival, which will run for the third year in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 17 to 19, using much the same format. The Pennsylvania Festival has been a tremendously successful event, and a classic in only its third year.

Register now for Heartbreak, because fees increase on April 23 for all races and the Five and Dime and Hat Trick too. Go to or to register.

The three-day festival, centered on the Boston College campus with the Expo on the campus green, will feature live music, running-themed speakers and seminars, movies and other special events. Additionally, dinner with editors and a keynote speaker, Sarah Reinertsen, will be held Saturday night before the Half Marathon. This is your opportunity to celebrate the sport we all love!

Festivities begin on Friday, June 6 with the Health and Fitness Expo opening at 3:00 p.m. Packet and T-shirt pickup will be at the Expo for all events, including the free Kids’ Runs, which will be held on Friday evening on and near the campus. The Expo and packet pickup will also be available on Saturday, June 7, beginning at 6:30 a.m. There will be no packet pick up available on half marathon race day, Sunday, June 8.

The events on Saturday, June 7 begin with the 5K race at 7:00 a.m., which is followed by the 10K race at 8:30 a.m. Throughout the day they will be running films and seminars, followed by dinner with the Runner’s World editors beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the keynote speaker (7:00 p.m.) to round out the afternoon and evening.

The centerpiece of the weekend is the half marathon at 7:30 a.m. on June 8, starting at Linden Lane in Newton near the Boston city line. The 13.1-mile course will take runners through Newton and along those iconic hills on Commonwealth Avenue and through the historic neighborhoods of Newton. The half marathon begins heading down toward Boston before turning left or north to intersect Commonwealth. It heads west or the reverse of the Boston Marathon where runners will pass the famous Johnny Kelly statue heading to the familiar Newton Fire Station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Washington Street.

The course begins a counter-clockwise loop with a left at the fire station. After passing the Boston 17-mile mark there is another left on Beacon Street as the loop returns to Commonwealth Avenue just east of the fire station. It then runs the Boston course from about miles 18 to 21 while returning on Commonwealth before turning into the Boston College campus for that triumphant finish.

Boston Children’s Hospital--Official Charity Partner
Make your race—and every stride of training—mean so much more by joining the “Miles for Miracles” Team. It will lift you, push you, give you a sense of purpose, provide a sense of camaraderie, and get you to the starting line primed and ready; knowing you will be making a difference for kids who desperately need your help.

Boston Children’s Hospital is the official charity partner of the inaugural Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival on the beautiful Boston College campus in Newton, Massachusetts.

Run the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, “five and dime” (both 5K and 10K) or challenge yourself by running all three! And add extra meaning to those miles by fundraising for Boston Children's Hospital on the “Miles for Miracles” team. In addition to making a difference for young patients, you'll get guaranteed race entry, expert coaching, and lots of team perks! Apply today to join the Miles for Miracles team – For more information about Miles for Miracles, contact us at

Boston—Hub of the Running Universe
You will be running on the Boston Marathon Course! For 118 years the fastest runners in the world have run these miles, and you will stride where the legends have made history.

Runner’s World challenges the most dedicated runners to participate in the “Hat Trick” weekend and participate in the 5K and 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday; or, as noted, the “Five and Dime” with both races Saturday morning. Hat Trick participants will receive three medals, two commemorative T-shirts, and a commemorative running hat upon completion of the three events. Five and Dime competitors earn two medals, two shirts, and a commemorative gift.

Half Marathon participants receive a tech shirt, while 5K and 10K runners receive a race T-shirt; all receive a finisher’s medal upon completion of their event. Awards go three deep overall for each race and also include three deep in 5-year age groups through age 75+.

Race signups are open at or Information will also be available on Twitter by following @RWHalf.

Runner’s World Health and Fitness Expo
The festival kicks off on Friday, June 6, with the Health and Fitness Expo. Expo hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday. There will be several showings of classic running movies Friday evening and Saturday. The Expo will be on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Race Packet pickup for all races will be available during Expo hours. Kids Fun Runs begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday (ages 3 to 6 run quarter mile, kids 7-8 run half mile, and kids 9-12 run one mile).

There will be seminars throughout the day on Saturday, featuring expert advice on all aspects of running and fitness from the sport’s top leaders. Exhibiters will display the latest running and fitness gear. Attend some of the free classic movies being shown, listen to live music, or simply mingle with other runners from all over New England and the world.

The pasta dinner on Saturday evening will be held from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on the B.C campus, with Sarah Reinertsen’s inspiring talk beginning at 7:00 p.m. She is a remarkable endurance athlete who underwent the amputation of her left leg above the knee as a child. She ran track for many years, including participation in the Paralympic Games in Barcelona. She turned to road racing and has completed hundreds of races, including 7 marathons. She again challenged herself in running full triathlons, becoming the first woman with a prosthetic leg to finish the Iron Man in Hawaii. You can check Sarah’s remarkable story and journey at .

Runner’s World editors and luminaries will attend and enjoy dinner with participants throughout.

Information—Go to the Web site
Check the race Web site for details, including general information, registration, travel and directions, accommodations, schedules, training, and much more: Remember, fees go up January 29.

Call 212-741-2483 or e-mail for additional questions or details.

Run the First Annual Runner’s World Heartbreak Half Marathon and Festival
Be a part of it, a part of history. You can tell everyone you ran the FIRST Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon with many of the Runner’s World elite. However, this event is geared for runners of all ages and abilities, from newbies to seasoned veterans. Set goals for yourself and enjoy this wonderful challenge and opportunity; and have a great run along the iconic Boston Marathon course. We will see you there.



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