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The CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay - Everyone Can Be a Hero
How many superheroes will fit into the Dartmouth Green? The CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay on Saturday, August 29th, in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the place to find out. If you want to run a scenic course that traverses two states, this is your chance. If you want to make a difference in a child's life, this is your opportunity.

The CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay - Everyone Can Be a Hero

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By Michelle Boisvert
Posted Saturday, 4 July, 2009

If you want to run in tights like any super hero... well, this is where you can really make a difference. Cinch up your cape and get ready to run the fourth annual CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay. And new this year, they have added a 5K walk so everyone can participate.

We all run for different reasons. Some of us run to lose weight or to stay fit. Some runners try to better a previous race time or to push their bodies to the next level. Some people just run because it feels good. But what's the #1 reason to run the fourth annual CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay? To be a hero! This exciting event gives everyone a chance to be a hero for CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. And, honestly, there's no better reason to run. Please register early right here online at

An Ivy League Course
Runners set off at 3:45 p.m. from the Dartmouth Green to cover the moderately challenging and exceptionally scenic loop course past Dartmouth College, over the Connecticut River into Norwich, Vermont, and then back through Hanover's quaint downtown. The rolling course features a beautiful backdrop that will help push runners over the hills of the scenic Upper Connecticut River Valley. The first three miles run through Hanover and back to the Green, and runners then cross the Connecticut River into the traditional New England town of Norwich, VT. After crossing the border back into N.H., racers climb to the Dartmouth Green on Tuck Drive — giving them a look at life at the Ivy League. The final 3.7 miles of the course are on Hanover's Rip Road and then it's back to the Green along Lyme Road. For a complete course map, visit

Consisting of three loops that all return to the Dartmouth Green, the half marathon and relay race is possibly one of the most spectator-friendly courses around. "The event is so well organized. The spectator participation is great and made such a difference!" commented 2008 first-time half marathon runner Joan Devine.

If you're not ready to run the entire 13.1 miles solo, relay teams of 2 to 3 people can also tackle the course in segments of 3 miles, 6.4 miles and 3.7 miles. The relay leg distances were created to give everyone a chance to participate in the event. And since each leg of the relay also starts and ends on the Green, it's the perfect spot to warm up, cool down, hydrate and celebrate as your team goes the distance. Water stops are located on the course at miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. Sports drink will also be available at select stops.

This year also features a new 5 K walk — the ideal opportunity for everyone to traverse that first relay leg at their own pace. With events of all distances for all abilities, the day is packed with something for the entire family.

Cam's Course
Also on the schedule for the day is Cam's Course, a kid-friendly loop that gives hundreds of kids a chance to help other kids in leaps and bounds — by walking, running, leaping or flying one mile of the half marathon course. Last year, Cameron Marshall, a third-grade student from Lyme, N.H., was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. Cam's dad (a self-professed non-runner) ran the 2008 half marathon in dedication to his son. Because of the outpouring of support from Lyme Elementary students, CHaD Half Marathon organizers added the short walk to the event. At last year's Cam's Course walk, the entire Lyme School, their families and hundreds of children from the Upper Valley put one foot in front of the other to support their friend. Cam's Course is truly the place where superheroes are born!

Your Super (Hero) Mission
OK. It's about time to explain all the "superhero" mentions. Since its inception, the CHaD Half Marathon and Relay has raised more than $450,000 to help the children and families of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. This year, race organizers are stepping it up and giving everyone a chance to not only BE superheroes, but to also dress the part. If you're a kid or just a kid at heart, now is the time to show it by donning your favorite costume and heading to the race.

Organizers are making 2009 the year to break the World Record for the most superheroes in one place. Dress as your favorite superhero, personal idol or heroic figure, and head to the Dartmouth Green on August 29th. The superhero headcount will take place at 3 p.m., so synchronize your watches and get ready to become a world record holder! There will be plenty to do while waiting for all of your super friends to arrive, including face painting, balloons, a sign making station, food and a "Make Your Own Mask" tent. Race sponsor The Point radio station will also be on hand to keep things rocking.

Running and walking in your costume is completely optional, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun and could lead to your most interesting finish line photo! For more information on the world record attempt, email

Be Part of Something Heroic
Be sure to pre-register for this event. The half marathon is limited to 1,000 runners and the relay is limited to 100 teams. Plus, signing up early gives you more time to raise money for this meaningful cause. Upon signing up for the race, a fundraising page is immediately set up for each registrant. You can personalize your page with a picture, share the site with friends and family, and track your fundraising progress. The top fundraisers are listed on the home page of the CHaD Hero Half Marathon. There are also additional tools available online to help spread the word that you're running in support of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. Pre-registered participants for the half marathon, relay, walk and Cam's Course also receive a beautifully designed T-shirt, as well as a voucher for the post-event Taste of Victory Party.

CHaD Hero Half Marathon organizers thought about everything when planning this race. And they definitely kept the term "green" in mind when plotting out the course. By situating all activities, start and finish areas and exchange points in one central location, they've completely eliminated the need for shuttle buses or pre-race transportation. Even race-day parking, which is located at the nearby Dartmouth Medical School parking lot, is convenient and green since it's just a short walk from the starting line. However, some shuttles are available from the parking lot to the Dartmouth Green if necessary.

The Taste of Victory Party and Awards
Celebrate all your hard work after the race at the Taste of Victory Party on College Street, which is adjacent to the Dartmouth Green, for food, fun and entertainment. Local bands and musicians will be present to keep the party going. The awards ceremony will also take place here around 6:15 p.m. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners and will go three deep for age group winners. Fundraising prizes will also be awarded to the Top Fundraiser and the Top Fundraising Team. All winners will receive creative awards, so be sure to stick around for the fun.

Let Your Inner Hero Shine
The reasons to run the CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay are endless — a great course, great music, great food and it's all for an even greater cause. Be sure to register early and start planning your costume. Pull those tights out of storage and lace up your running shoes. Come to Hanover, N.H. on August 29th and help break the record for the most superheroes in one place. The 4th annual CHaD Hero Half Marathon and Relay will certainly be one for the record books! Most importantly, it is a wonderful place to run and a terrific cause to add to your motivation.



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