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Would love some input!

Posted Jun 28 2013 10:51am
We started a couple of new groups at work and one of them is a whole health group.  We haven't come up with a creative name for it yet, but somehow I ended up co-chair.  Very excited about the group.  We met for the first time yesterday to talk about ideas and things we want to do.

A few of the ideas we came up with are
  • Having a weekly healthy recipe to share and a fun way for people to rate it
  • coming up with some walking routes around work, so people can walk on their breaks, before work in small groups, etc
  • Meeting 20 minutes before work to do a short yoga workout.
  • looking into getting a group Fitbit discount
  • having a blog where people at work can all contribute about fun, healthy activities they have been doing, and others can check in, a place to post healthy tidbits
  • and put on a half marathon and 5k.
So excited about that last one. and a little freaked out.  A very informal poll of my running friends did reveal a big interest in having a spring/early summer half marathon in Billings.  There are currently two half marathons here.  One in July and it is always sweltering hot. Not too many people do it. and the other is in September and the weather is usually perfect.  There was supposed to be one in April this year, but then it got moved to October so I am not really counting it until it happens since that is the third time they have delayed it.

I am just wondering if from now until the beginning of April is enough time to accomplish it.  I have a rough idea of the course.  It won't be a downhill or flat one, but it will incorporate some trails and show some awesome views of the city.  It will also be different than most of the other runs in the area. 

Looking for ideas .

I would love to hear input on what you guys think.

Should it be a loop, a point to point, or an out and back.  Which one do you love and not love the most?  They all have pluses and minuses.

What things make for a bad half marathon?
What makes a great one?

Any advice?  Do we need longer than 9 months to plan this?  our B option would be a late May early June race which would give us a little more time. 

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