I know many people are still under a bunch of snow and ice, and it is hard to have the motivation to get out and run (or go to the gym). I know I always need something to look forward to, so for today’s Friday Five link-up, I bring you 5 Reasons to Run the Loudoun Half & 8k. I ran the 8k last year and really enjoyed this race!
5 Reasons to Run the Loudoun Half & 8k
The Ashburn Area Running Club’s Loudoun Half & 8K is a non-competitive “fun run” through the beautiful Ashburn area of Loudoun County. Afterwards there’s a post race celebration for participants, friends and families at Stone Bridge HS with music, great food and awards for top finishers.
Reason #1: The Loudoun Half & 8k is on the same day as the Cherry Blossom 10-miler.
This is a good and bad thing. It’s good because all the people who didn’t make it into the CB10 can still have an awesome race on the same day! This is bad for all of those that were accepted into the CB10 because we are now unable to participate in the Loudoun race this year 🙁
Race Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Location: Ashburn, Virginia, which is only about 30 miles west of Washington, DC
Reason #2: Best Half Marathon in Mid-Atlantic Region
The Loudoun Half was named the Best Half Marathon of the Mid-Atlantic Region by the readers of Competitor Magazine! And, even with this honor, they are still making improvements to this year’s race. Regarding the course, they are changing it slightly to remove the off-road section that existed last year and changing the 8k course so it will not interfere with the half. As part of the race swag, they will now also have Men and Ladies sizes for the race shirts. They are also looking at supporting more schools!