Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Half Marathon
Canton, Ohio
Sunday, April 30, 2017

I completed the Pro Football Hall Of Fame Half Marathon on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  It was a nice day for the event as the temperature varied from 57 to 73 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a gentle breeze.  The course was on city streets in Canton, Ohio which for the most part was closed to traffic and had numerous police and volunteers at intersections controlling traffic.  Water/Gatorade stations started at mile 2.5 and were spaced from 1 to 1.5 miles apart thereafter.  There were plenty of friendly efficient volunteers to take care of the needs of the nearly 7000 participants in the full and half marathon.  However, some of the stations were a little crowded.  This was the second consecutive year that I did this event which is in its third year.  The event was organized and fun again; however, one shortfall in the planning was that there was little parking near the start-finish line so participants had to park in the Stark County Fairgrounds and be bussed.  This was no problem before the event but was a nightmare after the event because the busses had to cross through the course and traffic was backed up trapping the busses during their journey.  I did not reach my car until 2.5 hours after I finished even though my car was about 3 miles from the start-finish area.  I had to wait in a long line for the bus and the short ride took about 30 minutes.  The finisher’s medal was unique because it looked like a medal version of a ticket to a pro football game.


Before the Race
Me and a Few Friends

Scenes Near the Course

Me After the Race


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