Smoky Hollow Half Marathon October 21, 2018

Smoky Hollow Half Marathon

Last winter someone spoke up and said, “There ought to be a Half Marathon on the Cup schedule!” Well, one thing led to another and the inaugural Smoky Hollow Half was born. This race is open to members of the Cup Series teams. If you want to run a Half and you belong to one of the five running clubs, please come over and join us. “Why just club members?”, you might ask. Well, a “club only” race is unique, it’s a friendly affair among familiar friends, but most importantly it keeps the race small enough to be manageable on this “maiden voyage”. But hey, if you have a friend who isn’t part of a club and they want to run, we won’t be turning anyone away.

How do I sign up?

The event is quite low-tech. No online registration. No prerace deals. Just come to the Masonic Temple on Main Street (Rt. 28) in Newport the morning of the race, doors will open around 8:30. We’ll have you fill out an entry form, give you a bib, and ask you for $10. Cheap and simple, that’s our motto.

Is there a commemorative race shirt?

There WILL be a race shirt available for $15 (estimated). See the pic below for the preliminary sketch (black and orange ink on a gray tech shirt). Your club’s captain will be sending out more information regarding the shirt order. All shirt orders will be handled by your captain. There will be NO shirts available on the day of the race.
Note: The $15 does NOT cover the cost of the race. $15 shirt + $10 entry = $25. Still pretty cheap.

What’s the course like?

If you are familiar with the Beer and Chili 10K course, rest assured you won’t be climbing THOSE hills. However, this IS a rather challenging course. You’ll be running on back roads climbing out of our valley, crossing a scenic stretch on the hilltops, then dropping back into the valley through “Smoky Hollow”.
*** I’d advise runners to take a drive and scout it out ahead of time, just so there are no surprises.*** The map below shows you where we’ll run.
The race will start at the water fountain on Bridge St in Newport. It will end in a little picnic pavilion just behind the fountain.

Smoky Hollow Half Marathon Course 2018

Will there be runner support on the course?

Each of the five running clubs will set up a water station on the course. The stations will be at miles 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 (give or take). You should not count on Sports Gels or food. However, Gatorade will be suggested to the water station crews.
There will be a Port-a-Potty at the start/finish area, but there will be none on the course itself.

Can I win something?

No medals, no trophies. However, we will award the overall winners and the age-group winners with a harvest-themed prize. We’ll draw a few names for door prizes as well. Cheap and simple, right?

What if I want to celebrate the end of the 2018 CNY Running Club Cup season?

The Kickers would really like to support a new business, the Newport Tavern. We invite you to gather there to revel and lament the season after the awards ceremony at the Temple. The Tavern is a stone’s throw from the Temple. We’d love to have you join us.

If you have any further questions you can contact Dan Capron at dcapron@ntcnet.com