I searched for a January half marathon and found the Run to Read Half in Fairmont WV. This was a small, low-key race that benefits Literacy Volunteers of Marion County and is held in beautiful Prickett’s Fort State Park south of Morgantown WV. Our friend Christy lives in this general area, so that helped convince Scot to join me for this race. In the end, Christy’s schedule only allowed her to cheer us on at the start, but not stay and run. We were happy to see her even for a short time. There were several Half Fanatics at this race, most of whom I did not know. The exception was Donnie from Nashville. I hadn’t seen him since the XTERRA Oak Mountain trail marathon in Alabama last May. It was nice to see him again, and Scot and Donnie got to meet for the first time.
|At the Start: Scot, Christy with Magenta, me, Donnie|
|Half Fanatics at the start|
It had snowed in Fairmont, and there was still snow on the ground, but the course was mostly clear. The first out-and-back was on an asphalt trail that had been plowed. The second, longer, out-and-back was on a dirt/crushed limestone surface and did have snow in places, requiring some careful foot placements. I’m happy to say that I did not slip once. It was good to be out getting some miles in, even if it was cold. The portion of the course along the lake was just gorgeous and I kept imagining what it would look like during any other (warmer!) season of the year.
|Magenta admires the bookworm mileposts which complemented the literacy theme|
|We ran through this old railroad tunnel twice; there were some icy patches inside|
|Run to Read Half Marathon swag|