Shiny New (to me) Things – Runner’s World Half and Festival

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to the Runner’s World Half and Festival as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a dooooozy of a week, but the good times will soon begin. If you’ve been reading, you know that I’m in chill mode right now (does anybody say chill mode?) when it comes to running. I’m kinda sorta getting ready for my upcoming races in April, but running fast isn’t all that appealing to me right now.

I’ve been content with my running, but sometimes there’s a fine line between being content and being bored. Something new would probably help…enter the Runner’s World Half and Festival! Here’s a video from 2017 to give you a taste.

There was an opportunity to run this race last year and a BibRave Pro, but the dates didn’t line up for me. It sounds like a lot of fun and I love that part of the country. I visited once for professional reasons (there’s a microscopy school at the Lehigh University campus) and I really enjoyed myself.

Here are just a few of the cool parts of the RW Half & Festival:

  • There are seminars at the festival for the running nerd in most of us.
  • There’s a 5k trail run, 5k road race, 10k road race AND a half over 3 days.
  • Run them all for the Grand Slam and add up to a full marathon! That’s what I’m doing 🙂
  • It’s a Runner’s World event, so you KNOW it’s legit!
  • There WILL be beer.
  • There’s an optional pre-half dinner with RW editors.
  • Running the Grand Slam gets you a half-zip to go with the T-shirt!

All of those things are awesome, but the Grand Slam is what REALLY gets me going. It’s a totally new experience for me to run 4 races in 3 days, especially since one of them is a trail race! I’ll have to dust off my old trail shoes and train a little with my Blue Ridge Trail Runner friends, if they’ll still have me. My trail cred is LOW.

I’m going to stop in Hershey, PA on my way up, because chocolate.

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I can relate to ol’ Augustus Gloop.

I hope to see some of you (or lots of you) at the RW festival. How you train for 4 races in 3 days I do not know, but as a wise man once said, “We bout to find out!”

This is gonna be cool.


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13 Replies to “Shiny New (to me) Things – Runner’s World Half and Festival”

  1. Fun fact: RunningEng and I both went to Lehigh. If the trail is on the mountain get ready for the hills!!

    I’m just going to put this out there…Hershey and Bethlehem aren’t that close.

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  2. That is a very tempting option for me to run a “marathon” without running 26.2 miles in one shot. I’ve been eyeing the Hershey half for years though (just was too cheap to sign up for it) and that’s the Sunday of that weekend so it’ll probably be what I end up running. Good luck and have fun though!

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  3. This looks like so much fun!!! I love the concept!! I really want to sign up, I’ll have to wait and see what our schedule looks like for this coming fall with school- but if it’s free I’m totally going . Thanks for the promo code!

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  4. That IS exciting! One of my friends ran the trail 5K there a couple years ago and nearly knocked out her teeth after she tripped and face-planted, but that could happen anywhere haha. I think I remember seeing very cute pictures from a dog race at that festival too. Definitely something for everyone!

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