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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#RWHalf Festival Final Reflection and Recap

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: October 24, 2012

Wow!!! is all I can say about the Runner’s World Half Festival and the amazing extended weekend that I had!!!!

I needed a day to recover, recuperate and take a little break from the immersion in running, blogging and driving down and back (9 hours each way). I have had a long drive back and a day to think about and reflect on what happened and the people that I met during the Festival

To be honest, the Runner’s World Half Festival was probably the highlight of my running career. From the people that I met (other FitFluential Ambassadors, Runner’s World Staff, Race Sponsors and other runners), to the races themselves and the support that the City of Bethlehem provided, everyone was simply amazing.

Here are my previous posts on the Festival:

  • AVR – Week In Review #RWHalf the Main Story 10/21/12
  • Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap 10/21/12
  • Runner’s World 5K Recap 10/20/12
  • #RWHalf Rave Run Through Bethlehem – 10/19/12
  • Runner’s World Meet and Greet BBQ

While running in the Runner’s World Festival inaugural races and setting a this year PR in the 5K and running my first “official” half marathon were really cool, the most important and best part of the Festival were the people that I met!

I am trying to use photos, that I haven’t used before . I only took over 1,000 photos during the event, so there are a few to choose from.

The people are what made this event so special!

Runner's World Event


These are just a few of the pictures that I took during the weekend, but most of them are people that I met for the first time and like I said it was the people that made it such a fantastic event.

I even got to stop in at the Peeps store and picked up 2 of my favorite candies: Peeps and Hot Tamales – I earned them after that Half.

I did finish second in my Age Group for the 5K and have the plaque hanging on my wall in front of my workstation, so that when I look up, I will always remember this race.

Some very special thank you’s go out to David Willey, Bart Yasso, David Trask, Laura Beachy., Coleen Logan, Golden Harper, the Altra Running Staff,the Runner’s World Staff, Volunteers and the City of Bethlehem, who organized this wonderful festival that I was fortunate enough to attend.

It was so great meeting so many of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors and being picked on so much because I was the only guy – Remember Bart’s famous words Harold’s Harem – it something that I will remember for a long time!

I love being home, but I will miss all the people that I met this weekend and the friendships that I started. However, in today’s world I can keep in contact with those new friends using Social Media instead of them just becoming great memories – which is a good thing.

I participated in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race registration was provided by Runners World. No other compensation was received. All opinions and comments are my own.

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