Faxon Law Madison Half Marathon
Hammonasset Beach State Park, CT
October 31, 2015
Half Marathon 1018
An invigorating race
Arriving early as I always do parking was a breeze just a few steps to the staging area at the beach. I grabbed my Bib and walked along the beach a bit. The beach bathrooms were open as well as a few additional porta potties. Take note that if you arrive late you will need to park further way and take the provided shuttle bus. My early arrival was handsomely rewarded with a nice sunrise.
The course offered nice changes from park roads to the greenway trail and town roads. The change in scenery is a great opportunity to readjust and change your thinking. I use this as a reset button. If I'm tired and the course takes a turn of the trail and opens to an ocean view then it's a whole new race. It's refreshing, take a deep breath, adjust and get back on pace. If I'm hurting, let that go at the next change and mentally start over. This is a great way to break the race up into smaller manageable pieces.
JB Sports executed a well managed event. Aid stations were frequent enough and stocked. Runner safety was evident with great traffic control in place. Plenty of post race goodies including some delicious hot chowder
A band was jamming keeping the post race beach party going
Taking place on Halloween with the cool crisp coastal breeze this race just makes you feel refreshed and alive.