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History of the Half

May 24, 2019 - Lauren Leaman
Did you know it takes 200 muscles to take one step? That's 183 more than you use to smile.The average runner takes about 1,400 to 1,700 steps per mile which is an average of 22,000 steps in a half marathon. The average walker takes about 2,000-2,500 steps per mile which is an average of 32,000 steps in a half marathon. An action that comes so natural and effortless but is more complicated than we think. Exercise may come easy to some and more difficult to others but it's not all about being the best; it's about having fun. You do not have finish first, you do not have to be the fastest, you do not have to be the strongest, and you do not have to be an athlete. You are capable of anything you set your mind to. A race is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. If you have the mind set to finish first, then naturally you will compete better than those who have already told themselves that they may not be able to finish.

As recreational running began to grow in the 1950's, organizers searched for an alternative to the marathon race, thus the half marathon was born. The popularity of the race has continued to grow over the years and is now one of the most popular road races. Though it is not part of the World Championships or Olympics, it gained it's own championship by the IAAF in 1992 to create the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship.

In 2000, the largest half marathon ever finished 79, 719 racers. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon averages about 800 racers every year. It is the West Virginia Half Marathon Championship race and one of the best in the country. In 2015, our race received the Road Race Of The Year title from the Road Runners Club of America.

The race wouldn't be the same without those who participate. This includes those who race, cheer on the sideline, and volunteer to help out. Whether you are a walker or a runner, we welcome all and encourage you to come race with us to kick off another great Homecoming Weekend. You can register now at:

https://rsracing.enmotive.com/events/register/2019-parkersburg-news-and-sentinel-half-marathon-and-two-mile-race

 
 

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