Besides the fun finisher necklace, the course itself is completely flat, with roughly 100 feet of elevation gain and loss. Flat and fast, as well as scenic, the course begins at the Hillsboro Stadium and follows Evergreen Parkway and Jackson School Road, before making your way back to the Ballpark. It takes advantage of the rural area with plenty of greenery, farms and wildlife to take your mind off the mileage. The girl power celebration continues at the finish line with a pancake breakfast, beer garden and music.
The fun starts at 7:30AM with a race for the kiddos on the field. The Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon follow at 8AM. Parking is available at the Stadium until it’s full and closes at 7:30AM. Participants arriving after 7:30AM should park at the Intel parking lot. Make sure to plan on a 5-10 minute walk to the starting line from the Intel parking lot. This is a popular event, so arrive early. The course will remain open for 4 hours for all runners and walkers. Dogs and strollers need to stay home, since they will not be allowed on the course. There will be aid stations approximately every two miles and the Hippie Chick atmosphere is always a blast. The participants are excited to be out there and the volunteers are amazing. I think Hippie Chick is an event every lady should experience once. I love that it’s all women, like that it’s on Saturday and I’m excited it helps the Raphael House.
Costumes are encouraged and there will be prizes for the top three Most Modern Hippie Chicks. For those more into speed versus dressing up, Team Athena will provide pace groups. Local running celebrity Paula Harkin will there pacing ladies as well. There will be prizes for the top three finishers.
The Hippie Chick Quarter and Half Marathon Run/Walk is a fun excuse to get out with the girlfriends. Enjoy pancakes and a mimosa at the finish line with a new technical shirt and Hippie Chick necklace. Celebrate the women around you with breakfast, fun music and smiles all around. Register soon to guarantee a spot, they will offer registration on race day, if spots are available. For any guys reading this post, this would make a great Mother’s Day gift for a mom in your life. Girl time is always a good thing and the Hippie Chick Run/Walk only makes it better.