Race Directors, Darcee Burnett and Jennifer Nichols definitely pay attention to details. Water and electrolytes were offered every couple of miles, which isn’t that special, but I appreciated that all of the water stations (minus one) were cold. I’m always grateful for anything wet, but they went the extra step and made sure we had refreshing water. The water bottles at the finish line were packed in ice and absolutely amazing after a warm run. I know it sounds ridiculous to get excited about something so minor, but when you usually get lukewarm water and you get spoiled with cold stuff, you can’t help it. Their attention to the little things made a big difference.
I’ve spent the summer nursing an injury and I can’t think of a more perfect run to get back into it with. Registration was easy, packet pick up was fast and they started the half marathon pretty close to on time. A late start is usually a pet peeve for me, but this one is an exception. We took a minute to remember Keith who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 3 and taken too soon. He loved Superheroes and running and that love is passed on to so many kids with this event. The smiles, giggles and sheer thrill on their faces make this event. Keith’s family and community are making him proud, I’m sure.
The Hero-Up Half Marathon is my new annual run and not just because there are flushing toilets at the start, although that’s a huge bonus. The course is fun, even if only to just look at the Superheroes around you and cheering you on. The shirts are true to size, another huge thing for me and the medals are fun bling. Truthfully, though, the reason I will do this run every September isn’t because of the course, the shirts or the medal. I love the heart and spirit behind this event, the families having a blast and enjoying time together. For me, that’s what sets this run apart. Families making a difference for kids with cancer and creating memories at the same time, the Hero-Up Half Marathon and 5k is pretty much a perfect run and would make any Superhero proud.