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CHaD Half Marathon—New Three Loop Course this Year
The CHaD Half Marathon & Relay will run for the third year in the upper Connecticut River Valley. The new three-loop course centeres everything on the Dartmouth Green—starting line, both transition areas, finish line, and post race party.

CHaD Half Marathon—New Three Loop Course this Year

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 18 August, 2008

This is your race—this is the one you want to do for yourself, and for the CHaD Kids. Looking for an enjoyable half marathon; this is it. For those not ready for prime time (13.11 miles), team up for a two or three-person relay. Running in Hanover, New Hampshire and neighboring Norwich, Vermont, the CHaD Half Marathon is one terrific event, and benefits one vitally important cause—the children and families at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

The half marathon and half marathon relay will run on September 6 at 3:45 in the afternoon; the relay offers a selection of distances. You will enjoy every mile of the new three-loop course, each beginning and ending at the Dartmouth Green. Want to recruit friends and enjoy the camaraderie of a team? Run the relay, with a different but equally enjoyable experience. You won’t want to miss the unique post race block party with food and adult beverages.

Green? Yes, they have found ways to make this event a special kind of “green”, and have eliminated the point-to-point which required shuttle transportation and logistics. Everything is now centered on the Dartmouth Green, making it ideal for participants and even more meaningful for spectators, who will see runners at least four times. Relay runners have the ideal situation as they can be together and cheer each other rather than spread along the course.

This event enjoys terrific organization and planning, and is an outstanding race with a beautiful venue. However, what makes it really special is that proceeds are for CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, one of the very best children’s hospitals in the country. This cause, the half marathon, the three-person relay, the many amenities, and an extraordinary post race party make this event very special in New England--an event you will thoroughly enjoy and remember.

Race Time
The CHaD Half Marathon & Relay will start at 3:45 p.m., insuring ideal post race party time, and have they planned well for you. Everything revolves around the Dartmouth Green. This beautiful course tours Hanover and Dartmouth College, then crosses the Connecticut River into neighboring Norwich, Vermont on a very intriguing second loop.

This race, and the cause it supports, has enjoyed great success the first two years. The field is limited to 1,000 runners in the Half Marathon and 100 teams in the relay. Please don’t miss out. The first two received rave reviews; if you were there you will want to return and try the new course; and if you didn’t make it, don’t miss the third. This event is memorable.

The CHaD Half Marathon & Relay has race amenities: Colorfully unique T-shirts; bag check; ChampionChip timing with net and official time; water every two miles and at start and finish, and aid stations along the course. Runners will enjoy terrific post race food, fundraising and age group prizes; and vouchers to the terrific Taste of Victory Block Party (included with registration and also available to spectators and friends).

Party Time-The Taste of Victory Block Party
It’s unique! This will make the evening complete; each runner will receive a voucher for food and beverages for the party on College Street, immediately adjacent to the green, which will be closed to traffic for the evening. The party will run from just before race time until 8:00 p.m. Food and beverages at the block party will also be available for purchase for friends, family, and spectators. Everyone can participate. The block party will include live music, barbeque, and a Harpoon Brewery beer tent. What a day, with running, food, music, beverages, and entertainment, all conveniently adjacent to the Green!

Three Loop Course--They Take Care of You Coming and Going
The new course is a USATF-certified half marathon comprised of three loops that each leave from--and return to--the Dartmouth Green. Half marathon runners will run all three loops, of course; relay team members will complete one or two each. All three loops have their own distinct character, scenery, and challenges. Check out the Course Map and Profile on the Website for details.
The first leg is very easy, and mostly flat. It is a 2.8 mile tour through the college, including Memorial Stadium and Occum Pond (one part of the course that remains from last year). Loop one is a modified figure eight, but it remains close to the Dartmouth Green.

The second loop is 6.7 miles and has a few small hills and is of moderate difficulty with elevation change. After the handoff and departing the green, it heads directly west, crossing the river on Ledyard Bridge for a clockwise loop through Norwich, Vermont. It includes a 1 ½ mile stretch along the Connecticut River before crossing back into New Hampshire, traversing scenic Tuck Drive back to the green for the second transition.

The relay team members not running can cheer teammates, and hang together for warm-up or cool down. In the middle of everything throughout, they will be inspired by the runners doing all three loops.

The third loop heads directly east from the Dartmouth Green for a 3.6-mile counter-clockwise loop to the northeast neighborhoods of Hanover. This third leg is also considered moderate, although it is only 3.6 miles; there are a few climbs. It passes through the Hanover Country Club and past the college rugby field with the triumphant finish line at the green.

Race Day Details
Organizers have worked hard to make your race-day experience as convenient, enjoyable, and hassle free as possible. Registration on-line is preferred, but printable applications are available on the Website. Check-in for runners and race-day registration will be at the Dartmouth Green near the start area beginning at 2:30 p.m. There will be plenty of parking at the Dartmouth Medical School parking lots, a short walk from Dartmouth Green.

Gear bags will be held at the finish line; make sure they are properly marked and identified.

The ChampionChip timing system will be used, with timing by Granite State Race Services. Results will be accurate and immediate, but you have to wear your chip on your shoe, and you must turn it in at the finish.

T-shirts are classic and memorable for the third annual race, and will be given out at the finish line only (not at registration-packet pick up). Food vouchers for the Taste of Victory Block Party will also be provided at the finish line when you turn in your chip.

Awards will be presented at the Taste of Victory Block Party around 6:30 p.m. Awards for the top female and male racers will be presented, as well as the top three in each age group, 19-and under and ten-year divisions through 70+. Fundraising awards will also be presented.

The CHaD Half Marathon is teaming up again this year for the UV3 Race Series. The Series includes the Road to the Pogue (May, 6.5 miles, trails), Woodstock, Vermont, and the Covered Bridges Half Marathon (June) in Quechee, Vermont. Runners who finish all 3 races will receive special recognition.

About CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth
The purpose of this event, of course, is to raise much needed funds. Last year over $140,000 was raised. Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth provides an extended system of care for kids, including advanced clinical services for children throughout New England, and sometimes well beyond. CHaD provides outstanding, compassionate medical care for children, and support for families. Providing primary, specialty, and tertiary care, this facility is among the best. CHaD’s health care concentration ranges from on health care ranges from prevention and well-child visits to care and service for the most complex of childhood diseases.

These treatment services, care and advocacy programs--injury prevention, child abuse prevention, anti-obesity programs, and much more--require funding. CHaD loses about $11 million each year, and must make this up in order to keep these vital programs available. CHaD relies on philanthropy to keep their commitment to provide care for all children, regardless of their financial situation.

The primary facility is a “hospital within a hospital”, residing within Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; there is an outpatient care facility at CHaD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Manchester, New Hampshire; and new facilities in the Portsmouth area, CHaD at Wentworth Douglass Hospital. Facilities in Lebanon include a medical/surgical unit for children, an Intensive Care Nursery, and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The facilities are a marvel of textures, colors, and special features specifically designed to engage children and put them at ease. The in-patient area resembles a typical New England Village, complete with murals. Nearly all medical and surgical specialties are available, with innovative research and comprehensive care.

CHaD develops strategies for comfort and coping, advocacy and caring. They emphasize prevention and education, and offer options, hope, and understanding.

When you register a fundraising page will automatically be created for you. Log in and e-mail your friends and family; they will want to support you and your racing effort, and they will want to support the children and families of CHaD.

Hanover and Norwich—come early and visit
The CHaD Half Marathon & Relay provides a course and venue in one of the prettiest locations in New England, the upper Connecticut River Valley—beautiful, and a great place to run. It is easy to get to via Interstates 91 and 89 (Exit 13 off I91 and Exit 18 off I89). It is an hour from Concord, New Hampshire, 1.5 hours from Manchester, New Hampshire, and two hours from Burlington, Vermont and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is 2.5 hours from Boston and three from Montreal. Amtrak serves Hanover and Norwich, and nearby Lebanon Airport has commuter flights.

There is so much to do and see during race day in and around Hanover. The Museum of Art and Baker Library at Dartmouth will both be open 10:00 to 5:00, as will the fascinating Montshire Museum of Science across the bridge in Norwich. Any of the three is worth the trip, but try to see each one. Also in Norwich you will find the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center, Bakers Store, and Bakery. Master bakers provide demonstrations, answer questions, and offer samples (they will tell you all about pasta). Along Dartmouth Row in Hanover find the college’s first four classroom buildings, including one dating from 1784. Dartmouth is the ninth oldest US college, and one of the eight—and northernmost—Ivy League schools.

Take the Challenge--CHaD Half Marathon
If you enjoy distance running and a terrific party, and if you take great satisfaction in helping kids with serious illnesses, you will definitely want to participate in Hanover. “Go the extra mile for the kids.” Then, it’s party time!

It’s a great concept and terrific location—and it is especially gratifying in benefiting a tremendously important cause. Yes, the CHaD Half Marathon & Relay in Hanover, New Hampshire is special, pleasant, scenic, and very well planned and administered. It’s your race!

CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, brings world-class medical care to children of New Hampshire, Vermont, New England and beyond. On September 6 they are providing a world-class race, the half marathon and half marathon relay. Seize the day! Run it!

For additional information on the race or CHaD, contact the CHaD Community Relations Office, 603-650-3431 or



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