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Virginia > Recession Trail Half Marathon
Chesapeake, VA  •  Saturday, February 23, 2013  •  Course Map


Set for its first-ever running in the late winter of 2013 around the hills of Oak Grove Lake Park near Chesapeake, Va., the all-new Recession Trail Half Marathon is a low-key, no-frills trail race that will be kept small -- the field will be limited to 40 runners total, and organizers add that even if only three runners show up, "everyones' a winner -- mind you, a winner of one of the zero prizes!"

The race will take runners around this 130-acre park that lies just a few miles from downtown Chesapeake, on the 1.5-mile fitness trail that runs all the way around the perimeter of the roughly 65-acre lake in the middle of the park. Runners will make 9 loops around the lake to complete the 13.1 miles of their half marathon.

In keeping with the goal of a low-cost, no-frills event, every runner will be given a Sharpie pen at the start of the race -- "arrive early to pick the best color," they add, "but not too early, because no Sharpie wants to get up at the crack of dawn" -- which they'll use to write their race numbers on their hand. They'll also keep track of how many times they've run around the lake with the pen.

At the finish line, organizers plan to put up a poster, where runners completing their 13.1 miles will write their time as they cross the race finish -- every runner is strongly encouraged to wear their own watch and keep their own time, as there likely won't be any volunteers with stopwatches to record anyone's time. "Remember to mark your time in HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS," they add, just in case anyone needed further instruction.

Scheduled starting time for the race is 9:00 AM ET, and runners will have 3 hours, 15 minutes to complete the half marathon. You can find out much more about the race at the event website.

Race Weather & Climate

Located about a half-hour drive from Virginia Beach in the state's southeastern corner, Chesapeake typically sees February temperatures that average between 50°F and 34°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.3 inches for the month (in addition to an average of about 3.8 inches of snow in February).

On the day of the race (Feb. 23), the average high is 52°F and the average low is 35°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Recession Trail Half Marathon


$15 for the half marathon, if registered by February 2, 2013
$18 between Feb. 3 - 16
$20 between Feb. 17 - 22
$25 on the day of the race


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of Chesapeake's Recession Trail Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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