Second annual Battlefield Half Marathon set for Saturday

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department is set to hold its second annual Battlefield Half Marathon on Saturday morning.

The 13.1-mile race, which begins inside the Kernstown Battelfield and finishes up at nearby Creekside Station, offers a chance for runners of all ages to compete while also contributing to a good cause. Most of the proceeds received through runner registration will go to the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS), a program that provides overnight cold-weather shelter for the homeless in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties.

“All in all it’s a good event that brings in a lot of people and does something, gives back to a program that can definitely use it going into this season in the WATTS Program,” said Tony Baker, marketing coordinator for the parks and recreation department.

Like last year’s inaugural race, this year’s edition begins at the Kernstown Battlefield at 8 a.m. and opens with a brief stretch of course through the city before making a wide loop from Middle Road, Germany Road, Spring Dale Road, Shady Elm Road and Apple Valley Road before returning to Middle Road and eventually ending up at Creekside Station. The duration of the race is 3.5 hours.

Those unwilling or unable to complete the full 13.1 miles can compete as part of a team, with 5K (four person) relay and 10K (two person) relay teams an option for runners. There will also be a kids 5K relay for children ages 11 to 14.

A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, with second place earning $750 and third place $500. A $250 prize will be awarded to the Masters (40 years of age and older) winner, as well as the top finisher from Frederick County/Winchester. Other prizes will be awarded to relay team winners and the top three male and female finishers in their respective age groups.

Prior to the race on Friday evening, a health and wellness expo will take place from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Youth Development Center on Battaile Drive in Winchester.

“What that’s really for is for the runners to pick up their race packets and then while they’re there we have sponsors and vendors that the runners can check out, from like running gear and all that type of stuff,” Baker said.

Those interested in participating in the Battlefield Half Marathon can also register at the expo, the last chance to register before the race Saturday morning. The registration fee is $95 for a single half marathon runner and $140 per 5K relay, 10K relay and kids 5K relay team. Registration can also be done online at fcprd.net.

Baker said 1,200 people competed in the event last fall, and the parks and recreation department is aiming for about 1,500 this year.

“That’s what we were shooting for,” he said. “I don’t know that we’re gonna get to that number but I think we’ll have a good turnout nonetheless.”

A post-race party will be held at IJ Canns American Grille near the finish line.

For more information about the event or to register, visit fcprd.net.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com