Pennsylvania > Half-Wit Half Marathon
Reading, PA • Sunday, August 12, 2012 • Course Map
If you're looking for a race with an irreverent spirit and attitude, Pretzel City Sports' Half-Wit Half Marathon is probably the perfect fit. For proof of what we're talking about, look no further than the race organizers' own description:
"Really smart people have a ton of places at which to congregate; the Library, Mensa meetings, the taping of the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, guest conductor lectures, any place that broadcasts National Public Radio over its sound system… But where can the truly dim people of our time get together and look into the eyes of another clueless individual?... This collection of the senseless is the Half Wit Half; an event headed by individuals ALMOST as lame brained as the entries."
The course for the race -- which usually draws between 400 and 600 intrepid souls out to run it each year -- provides all the proof you'll need to divine what they mean when they say the race is for "half-wits": 13.1 miles of trails filled with obstacles like downed trees, plentiful bugs, rocks everywhere, and the "128 steps from Hell." It almost goes without saying that there are almost no bathrooms along the course, except of course the ones that nature provides.
Organizers add that the race -- which starts at 9:00 AM -- will go on despite "heat, rain, sleet humidity or nuclear attack," so come prepared for inclement weather (to say the least). The loop course begins and ends near Reading's Engleman's Park, just off Spook Lane.
Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern Pennsylvania, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia and roughly 120 miles southwest of New York City, Reading typically sees August temperatures that average between 84°F and 64°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.8 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Aug. 12), the average high is 85°F and the average low is 64°F.
View the race route map for the Half-Wit Half Marathon
$32 for the half marathon, if registered by July 23, 2012
$38 after July 23 (with race t-shirt; $28 after they're out of race t-shirts)
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2012 running of Reading's Half-Wit Half Marathon race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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