Sunday, October 26, 2014

Snohomish River Run pre-race low down and Half Fanatics tell all

Tomorrow morning I will be departing work and headed straight up to Snohomish to run in the the Snohomish River Run half marathon. I have run this race before back in 2012, their first year. Because it was their first year there were many ... difficulties. For instance the shuttles was so late that my sister and I had to walk down to the start. Which added almost another mile onto the distance for that day and then the course ending up being rather difficult at one point at the "turn around" you repeated the same spot several times and mentally it was just really hard. But I have high hopes for the race this year.There is a new "route" it's almost backward from the original and there is plenty of parking close to the start, only a couple of blocks away. I also feel that they have a better understanding for the requirements of their aid stations, they added a couple more, even more porta potties! 
I just know that this year the race will be an amazing event compared to my first experience. The weather still looks terrible, 50% chance of rain during the whole race, which means 100% of the time it will be raining and in the 40s. But that's ok, I'd rather it be a little cool than too warm any day. Plus they promise hot soup at the finish line!

I will confess that the main reason I signed up for this particular race again was to be able to submit my race results to the Half Fanatics. I am really excited about this. IT is a half marathon club that has many benefits of being a part of, from race discounts to group support. I have been wanting to be apart of HF for quite a while now but the requirements are... intense to just get in! Then there are many different levels that you can achieve once you have gained entry into the club.  

This is a list of the levels that you can achieve once you achieve entry into HF.

NEPTUNE
2 Half Marathons within a 16 day time frame.
3 Half Marathons within a 90 day time frame.

URANUS
3 Half Marathons within a 16 day time frame.
6 Half Marathons in 6 consecutive calendar months.
8 - 11 Half Marathons within 365 days.

SATURN
4 Half Marathons within 37 days.
12 - 18 Half Marathons within 365 days.
4 Half Marathons in 4 different US states, Countries or Canadian Provinces (any combination) 51 days.

JUPITER
4 Half Marathons in 23 days.
19 - 25 Half Marathons within 365 days.
2 Half Marathons in 2 days (or 48 hours) must finish both races!
9 Half Marathons in 9 different US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days.

VENUS
38 - 44 Half Marathons within 365 days.
20 Half Marathons in 20 US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days
13 Half Marathons within 79 days.

MARS
3 Marathons within 3 days.
26 - 30 Half Marathons within 365 days.
4 Half Marathons within a 9 day window.
3 Half Marathons in 3 separate US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within a 10-day time span.
13 Half Marathons in 13 different US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days.

MERCURY
45 - 51 Half Marathons within 365 days.
23 Half Marathons in 23 US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days.
28 Half Marathons within 183 days.

EARTH
31 - 37 Half Marathons within 365 days.
16 Half Marathon in 16 different US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days.
6 Half Marathons within 16 days. With proper planning and rest this can be done!

THE SUN
52 Half Marathons or more within 365 days.
30 Half Marathons in 30 US states, Countries, or Canadian Provinces (any combination) within 365 days.
20 Countries within 365 days.

Here are the advertised benefits of being a HF member: 
Online database to record and track your races and moon count
Add and track your upcoming races to your personal profile
Members only Bulletin Board
Race Discounts
Monthly Newsletter
Monthly Eflash
Member socials at half marathons everywhere
Instant friends at the races

They do sound pretty awesome if I say so myself! Not to mention all of the really fun outfits that you can wear! 
My wardrobe my take an unnecessary increase... 

My friend Lori back in Missouri is a part of HF and she is always posting photos of here fun events and outings. May be a little jealous of all of the fun! Well that is a little bit about the Half Fanatics that I keep talking about and saying that I want to be a part of. 

Keep on Running!