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The High Mountain Half marathon is the perfect fall race to escape the high temps of the lower elevations and plan a cool, relaxing destination race vacation. It is also a great training race for a fall marathon. The half marathon course is a point to point race where runners will be bused from Blue Ridge High School starting at 4:40 am for a cool, crisp 6:00 am start time. Runners will be surrounded by beautiful cedar and pine trees as they travel down Porter Mountain and into the town of Pinetop/Lakeside finishing up at the Blue Ridge High School track. On Saturday morning there is also a 10K and 5K run. Friday evening highlights are a Glow/Color Run/Walk and Free Kids run.
A 4 hour time limit (at 10 a.m.) has been set for the Half Marathon and power walking participants to reach the finish line. In case a participant has not reached the finish line by that time (see Time Checkpoints section below), he/she can be transported to the finish by a race personnel vehicle (or “sag wagon”). In case he/she decides to go on at his/her own responsibility, he/she needs to move to the side of roadway. This measure is taken in order to ensure the safety of all participants. When the time limit (see below) expires, police will allow vehicle traffic to resume.
In order to complete the course before opening to traffic at 10 a.m. you need to reach the following checkpoints on or before times listed below (18:19 pace )
Aid Station Mileage (miles) Checkpoint time for 6 a.m. start