RACE: Hogsback Half Marathon
LOCATION: Colebrook, CT
DATE: Saturday, September 26, 2015
LENGTH: 13.1 miles
RUNIT RATING: 2 “piggie” thumbs up!
If you live in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts and running 13.1 miles is doable for you, then the Hogsback Half Marathon should be on your race bucket list! This race is a fun, well-organized event with breathtaking scenery and as if that’s not enough, proceeds from the race benefit an amazing cause, Running for Rescues.
If you like the woodsy feel and views of a trail run but not the rough technical terrain, Hogsback is for you! The course borders the American Legion and People’s State Forests so while you may encounter a fisherman or two, traffic is minimal and the view is not much different from what you would see if you were running through the woods. The Farmington River sets a beautiful backdrop as you run along picturesque country roads.
I could hear the river running and fallen leaves rustling in the wind even with my music and it almost felt like I had stepped back in time as I passed through the quaint New England village of Riverton. To say this is a memorable course would be an understatement!
The course begins with a hearty descent but is relatively flat with some rolling hills along the way and a bit of a climb before the big finish at Goodwin Dam. I was lucky to have another runner give me some verbal support as I made my way up the well-known Mile 12 hill. Thank you!
There were more than enough aid stations serving up water and Gatorade and Powergels were available twice along the course. Pacers were a new addition to the race this year and did a phenomenal job as did all the volunteers. There were some spectators but no crowds which is what I expected from a small, rural race. If I have to complain about something, it would be that there were limited facilities. There is one restroom between Mile 7 and 8 and porta potties at the start/finish area but otherwise, you will have to make a pit stop in the woods if you gotta go. There are plenty of days when this would not be a problem for me but on this particular day with my unsettled tummy, I would have been ecstatic to come across a porta potty in the early miles of the race.
The post-race vibe is festive with an abundance of food including delicious pasta and cookies and nothing is cuter than my piggie medal and tee!
Running for Rescues is a charitable pet rescue organization based out of Connecticut dedicated to helping animals across the country. The 2015 Hogsback Half Marathon raised almost $9,000 for Running for Rescues! To find out more about Running for Rescues and how you can help our furry friends, click here.
Runit Tip: Register early for a reduced entry fee and to guarantee your spot. The race is limited to 500 runners and sells out every year. The 2016 Hogsback Half Marathon will be held on September 24, 2016. Registration opens on December 1, 2015.
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