Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K

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  • 10.20.2024 @ 09:00 AM
  • Florence, Massachusetts
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10 .20 .2024
starts at 09 :00 AM
ends at 01 :00 PM
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About this Event
We choose to live, to work, to train in Western Massachusetts, a mere speck on the map, because in many respects we appreciate and admire the beauty. The landscape embodies freedom...from the snow covered mountains to the incredible sunsets and sunrises and the impeccable scenery. The people culminate diversity...from the colored flags flying high through streets lined with boutique shops and ethnic restaurants, to the farmers cultivating vast and ever-bearing fields passed through generations of hard-working kin. We all are fortunate to call this incredibly giving place home. We walk and run the trails in admiration. We live with this cohesion and harmony that is truly second to none. And quite often, we gather to celebrate all that surrounds us, all that embodies each and every one of us in this "happy" valley. So, once more, we ask you to join us in celebrating what makes this community, this place, one of the most amazing representations of happiness and freedom this World can offer.

The Happy Valley Half Marathon was created by two people who are passionate about running, getting active, and living life to the fullest. Local business owner Justin Killeen has teamed up with Western Mass native and certified running coach, Grant Ritter, to bring you a breath-taking course, designed to showcase some of the most beautiful roads that New England has to offer, during peak Fall foliage. This PR inducing course, the events to follow, and the passion that we exhibit will exhilarate runners and walkers alike...from first timers to seasoned pros. We are pulling out all of the stops to make this run, your run, year after year. The Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K will benefit the Campaign for the Cooley Dickinson’s new Emergency Department.

Online registration closes Thursday, October 17, 2024, and same-day registration may be available depending on number of entries. Please note that we are unable to offer refunds.
Awards
Top male and female half marathon finishers will receive a $150 cash prize, and a free admission to the following year's event.

Second place finishers will receive a $100 cash prize

Third place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize

The top finishers in each age group will also receive a custom Happy Valley mug.

ALL half marathon and 5K finishers will receive a medal at the finish line
Post-Race Party
We will be holding a post-race party near the pedal boat pond, in Look Park.

Live music from DJ Eric Guyette

On your bib, you'll have two tearaway tabs.

One tab is your ticket for one food item from your choice of trucks. Each truck has one menu item that you can redeem your ticket for. Other menu items will be available for purchase.

With your other tearaway tab, you'll be able to enjoy a refreshing cider or beer from some great local establishments.

You don't want to miss this family-friendly fall event!
Number Pick-up
Bib pick-up will begin on Saturday, October 19th. You can pick up your bib at the Old Mill Inn, 87 School Street, Hatfield anytime between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

You will be able to pick up your bib at Look Park (the site of the race) day-of, starting at 7:00AM. There will be no bib pick up at the Old Mill Inn on Sunday

Email info@impactracingevents.com for more information.
Parking/Traffic
There is plenty of parking in the park. The cost, per vehicle, is $5. Please arrive early on race day and car pool, if possible. Traffic coming into the park can create delays. Please plan accordingly and bring exact change, to help get everyone into the park, as fast as possible. Credit cards are not accepted.
Directions, Park map, and more
http://lookpark.org/general-information/directions/

Porta Potties are available in the park and will be made available along the course near mile 5.

We have 5 water/gatorade stations with one every 2-3 miles.

We will have a course sweeper to ensure all runners make it back safely.
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