The Healthy Human Half Marathon: Rochester, MN

  The first race of the 2015-2016 season was a last minute decision. It just happened that I would be near Rochester, MN that week moving my daughter into her college dorm. Signing up on a whim I headed to packet pick-up at Scheels, one of the largest and most amazing sporting goods stores I have ever been in!

The volunteers there were wonderful and welcoming, letting me change shirt sizes after trying them on. I received my shirt and bib and a commemorative timing chip and went off to find my hotel.

What I learned about downtown Rochester is that it is centered around the Mayo Clinic. So the hotels are nice, affordable, and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and in this case, the starting line for the Healthy Human Half.

The square where the race would begin was a lovely relaxation spot for locals and visitors, who sat around the Peace Fountain.


The race quickly moved from the city to the suburban areas, with wonderful and peaceful views. This is a walker friendly race with a generous time limit… which was helpful since I had not run in a few months!


Turning onto a shaded path, there was a welcome reprieve from the August sunshine for several miles!

The finish line was supported to the very last runner. I received one of my new favorite treats here… caramel apple dippin stix!

The medal was very nice, heavy, and of good quality. Detailed with a custom ribbon. This was an affordable race, even entering it at the last minute, and I was presently surprised with the quality of the swag.
  

I would highly recommend this race to my Midwestern running friends. It is a beautiful, well run, low pressure race with excellent support and nice bling!

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