Your CHaD Half Marathon—Personal Record Course and New this Year, a Three Person Relay
The CHaD Half Marathon will run for the second year in New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley. Terrific organization, proceeds for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, three-person relay, many amenities, and an extraordinary post race party make this one very special in the Granite State.
Posted Saturday, 30 June, 2007
So you want a course that has a lot of downhill, and a chance for a personal record in the half marathon? This, then, is your race. The CHaD Half Marathon is one terrific event, and one awesome cause—the kids and their needs at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon. The sun will be setting in the west as you wind your way down the slopes and forward to the Dartmouth College Green in Hanover. This one runs August 25, and you will enjoy every mile. Want to team up and enjoy the camaraderie of a trio of friends? You can run the brand new relay, with a different, but equally enjoyable experience.
The CHaD Half Marathon will start at 4:00 p.m. from the village green in Etna, just east of Hanover. It is a unique race, point to point from the quaint village and on to the historic Dartmouth College Green. This beautiful course includes wider running lanes this year, and is is net downhill (outstanding PR opportunity), dropping 607 feet from the uplands of Hanover Center to Dartmouth College near the Connecticut River.
There were almost 600 runners in the inaugural event and numbers are expected to be much higher this year. Emily Raymond of Medford, Massachusetts won in 2006 with 1:21:21, as did Sam Davis of Colchester, Vermont with 1:13:21. The inaugural event got rave reviews; if you were there you will want to return, and if you missed it don’t miss the second one.
This second-year event, so well received in 2006, will be terrific for the fortunate 1,000 participants and 100 relay teams (the field will be limited because of the small rural roads and villages). 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.”
You want amenities? The CHaD Half Marathon has them: Colorfully unique T-shirts; bag check; Championchip timing with net and official time; water every two miles and at each relay transition zone, as well as at start and finish; and there will be music and aid stations along the course. And finally runners will enjoy terrific post race food, fundraising and raffle prizes; age group prizes, and the wonderful Taste of Victory Block Party on Main Street.
The Taste of Victory Block Party will make the evening complete, as each runner will receive a voucher for food and beverages at the party. This year food selection has been streamlined so that runners and volunteers will spend less time standing in line, with everything available right on Main Street. Food and beverages at the block party will also be available for purchase for friends, family members, and spectators. Everyone can participate.
The Course—Personal Record Opportunity
The course is USATF certified. And it is certifiably fast and scenic. It runs point-to-point from Etna, seven miles northeast of Hanover, bends north and northwest before heading south through the village, then west to Hanover and Dartmouth Green. It passes farms and historic homes, woodlands and country lanes, and 200-year-old villages and structures. Runners descend from 1,214 to 607 feet elevation.
The start is on Hanover Center Road adjacent to the village green, near the intersection of Parade Ground Road. Hanover Center is in the Slade Brook Valley. Runners will cross the starting mat and head north on Hanover Center Road for 1/3 mile, then turn left or Northwest on Dogford Road. Miles one through four roll through Upper (North) and Lower (South) Dogford Road on a counter-clockwise loop along farms and woodlands before intersecting Hanover Center Road at 4.5-miles.
Just after turning south on Hanover Center Road, the course crosses the Appalachian Trail (just before the 5-mile mark). As a side note, the Appalachian Trail crosses the Connecticut River from Norwich and passes through Hanover and Hanover Center. The AT crosses the Moose Mountains just east of the start before heading to the White Mountains. There are many other hiking trails in the immediate area. Check the Upper Valley Trails Alliance at www.uvtrails.org.
Hanover Center Road runs southwest through the village of Etna, also known as Mill Village, and intersects Greensboro Road. Runners turn right on Greensboro Road, which runs through the Mink Brook Valley from 6.5 to 8.5 miles before intersecting Route 120. Lebanon Road, Route 120, heads northwest into Hanover. The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth are located on this road one mile south of the intersection.)
Through nine miles, the field will bear right heading north on Park Street, then swing east on a small loop with a right on Austin Avenue, a right on Tyler. A left on Conant Road takes runners through mile 10.
Runners turn left on Wheelock, now touring beautiful sections of Hanover. A right on Balch Road and a left on Parkway take runners to the Dartmouth campus. There’s a short section of Park Street to a left on College Street and the 11-mile mark. A right on Maynard takes participants to a beautiful counter-clockwise loop around Occum Pond.
This loop, a favorite section last year, includes a right on Rope Ferry Road out to the Hanover Country Club and the Dartmouth Outing Clubhouse. There is a left on Hilton Road, followed by another left on Occum Ridge Road and the 12-mile mark. A left on Webster Avenue, also known as “Frat Row” takes runners to North Main Street and a return on Maynard. A right on College Street and the finish will be in sight. Runners bear right onto the Dartmouth Green, with the triumphant finish line at the exact center on the green.
Relay hand-offs are located at 4.8 miles (Trumbull Hall in Etna) and 9.3 miles (Leverone Field House in Hanover). First leg is 4.8 miles with significant descent; the second leg is 4.5 miles with gradual descent; and the final leg is 3.8 with rolling terrain and a small hill. The transition areas will be entertaining, thanks to excellent sponsorship. Runners will be bussed to and from the transition areas, as well as the start.
This event will be memorable, and at the right place on the calendar for fall marathoners. It is ideal for those running their first half marathon.
The CHaD Half Marathon provides a course through one of the prettiest locations in New England, the upper Connecticut River Valley—beautifully rural and a great place to run. And 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. It is an easy 4.5-hour drive from New York. Amtrak serves Hanover and Norwich, and nearby Lebanon Airport has a variety of commuter flights. The unique advantage: There is so much to do and see during the day on Saturday in and around Museum of Art and Baker Library at Dartmouth will both be open 10:00 to 5:00 on race day, as will the incredible Montshire Museum of Science across the bridge in Norwich. Any of the three is worth the trip by itself, but try to see each one.
The race begins at 4:00 in the evening when everyone is at their peak and ready to push for a terrific PR performance, whether it’s your first or 473rd half marathon. Then, it’s party time!
Organizers have worked hard to make your race-day experience as convenient, enjoyable, and hassle free as possible. Registration for the half marathon or relay is on-line only, at www.chadhalf.org with no race-day registration.
Sundown on August 25th will be 7:34 p.m. (Sunrise will be 6:06 a.m.) The average high temperature on August 25th is 79, with the average low at 56. Mean temperature for the date is 67.
Check-in for runners will be at the start line area in Hanover Center. Bib numbers and timing chips for individual runners (not relay runners) will be given out at the start line only (not at the finish line), beginning at 2:00 p.m. Relay Teams will receive a gun time. Each relay team member will pick up their packet at their respective starting area ( start, transition zone one, or transition zone two). Timing chips for relay teams will be given to anchor runners when they check in at the second transition zone.
Gear bags will be transported from the start to the finish line and to the respective transition zones for relay runners. Make sure they are properly marked and identified—perhaps waterproof if there is any threat of rain.
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 to be recorded, and you must turn it in at the finish.
Parking will not be permitted at the start line. Drop offs near the start will be permitted until 3:15 p.m., and then the area will be closed by police to all traffic.
There will be plenty of parking at the Dartmouth Medical School parking lot, and buses will run (until 2:45 p.m.) from there to take all half marathon runners to the start line, 7.5 miles east in Hanover Center, and relay teams to their handoff points.
The tasteful T-shirts for the half marathon will be classic—memorable for the second annual race. And they will be given out at the finish line only (not the start line). Food vouchers for the Taste of Victory Block Party will also be given out 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.—just before sundown. 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 at this time.
The Taste of Victory Block Party, with food and beverages provided, will be open on Main Street from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be food, beverages, live music, and other types of entertainment. This is an old fashioned fun event for the entire family. Harpoon Brewery and Boloco's are teaming up this year to host the Harpoon Hospitality Tent where runners can enjoy beer as part of their registration fee. Harpoon Root Beer will also be available on Main Street.
The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth is an extended system of care for kids, including advanced clinical services for children from throughout New England, and sometimes well beyond. CHaD provides outstanding, compassionate medical care for children, and support for their families. Families are partners in care for all children. They concentrate on health care and prevention, from well-child visits to care for the most complex of childhood diseases.
The primary facility is a “hospital within a hospital”, part of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, along with an outpatient care facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. Facilities 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 families 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 and follow-up.
CHaD develops strategies for comfort and coping, advocacy and caring. They emphasize prevention and education, and offer options, hope, and understanding. Check out the facilities on Route 120, Lebanon Road, near the border of Lebanon and Hanover.
For additional information on the race or CHaD, contact Kim Kraus at Kimberly.G.Kraus@hitchcock.org or (603) 650-3431. Visit www.CHaDKids.org.
Don’t Miss the CHaD Half Marathon
The running community really benefits when new races are as successful as this one was in the inaugural last year. Distance athletes love new events, especially with a great concept and a terrific location—and it is especially gratifying when it benefits a tremendously important cause. Yes, the CHaD Half Marathon in Hanover, New Hampshire, is special and very well planned and administered, a very pleasant, scenic evening run.
CHaD, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth brings world-class medical care to children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. And August 25 they are bringing a world-class race, half marathon and three-person relay, to the running communities of New England and New York. Proceeds from the event will go directly to benefit CHaD services and programs. Be there, and be part of it.