Like most runners out there, I have a few races on my running bucket list. One of those, the Painted Hills Half Marathon (10K, and 5K) has been so close me being able to run, but continues to elude me – until now. This event, ran in conjunction with (and as a benefit for) the 24th annual Painted Hills Festival will finally be knocked off my list in 2019, and I couldn’t be more excited.
This run kicks off at the Spoke’n Hostel, a beautiful 5-star, donation based hospital in downtown Mitchell. The owner of the hostel is temporarily taking over the RD’ing for this year and their lodging opportunity allows for out-of-area runners (which most people will be) to make this trip financially feasible. If you couple the entry fee ($28) with the price of a bunk at the hostel ($26), you will still pay less than most half marathons out there. And your stay even comes with breakfast in the morning, showers, and wifi. This ain’t your average hostel.
The race itself is point-to-point (you will be bussed to the starting point) and will wind your way through rustic and picturesque countryside (is there any other kind near here?). There will be some water and support stations along the course, so even if the roads are remote, you will never be too far away from some aid and encouragement. The finish will be back in downtown Mitchell.
Afterwards, make sure you stick around for the grand parade, live music, and family fun at the Painted Hills Festival. I personally recommend checking out Tiger Town Brewery – one of my most memorable stops EVER of my 528 different breweries.
Yes, this race is a trek, but some of the best memories come from experiencing new places to run. Don’t let the drive scare you – come join me at this event!
2019 Painted Hills Half Marathon (Mitchell)
When: 7a bus / 730a start time on Saturday, August 31, 2019
Where: Spoke’n Hostel
Register: Online here;
- All races = $28 ($42 with shirt)