Hey! You can stop running now...
I have no idea why I kept running, my legs were dead 😅
The race description gave me hope I'd be cruising on something less than technical...😁
Roanoke Canal Half Marathon and 8k
From the web page "The Half Marathon and 8k will both take place on the Roanoke Canal Trail. The natural surface trail is generally flat with a few hills. As runners travel back in time along the historic trail, they will pass over several culverts that were installed during construction of the canal in the 1820's. Runners in both races will also pass by the large bulkhead that diverted water into the canal during the years it was used to generate electricity for the local mills. Those who choose to run the half marathon will actually run through the old aqueduct, which is widely regarded as an engineering feat well before its time.
There will be a three hour course limit for the event."
While not highly technical trail, the terrain changed throughout the course and felt challenging. Footing wasn't the easiest, we covered a few big hills, very grassy areas, rooted areas, and rocky stretches. I enjoyed the peacefulness running near the water at the turn around point. I savored the dirt ending.
I was so impressed with the race organizers. The after spread was a full lunch offering egg salad, tuna, and chicken salad wraps. There were salty snacks, fruit, soda, plenty of water, and a heated offering of rice and beans. The age group awards were handmade wooden plaques, every detail spoke thoughtfulness.
The start/finish is a nice area near the water to hang out and catch your breath after the run. The parking area is only a few steps away. It is a small race, so if crowds and stimulus are your thing this may not be the race for you, but if you are looking for a quiet supported Spring trail race this event is budget friendly during a great time of year!