Donnchadha: So everybody who was running the half and the full marathons started at the same time from the same place, and they were just supposed to diverge at some point on the course?That seems.... unlikely.
Donnchadha: That seems.... unlikely.
GoldSpider: I've only run a few halfs, so I'm curious whether or not it's common for a half and a full to be run at the same time and route.
bacongood: GoldSpider: I've only run a few halfs, so I'm curious whether or not it's common for a half and a full to be run at the same time and route.Same start time and line with a shared course for a set number of miles is very common. Clearly cannot be the same course for the entire way (unless you just have the full do two laps).Often times they will merge to a shared straight away for the finish. They have usually try to keep the races separate at the finish (i.e. a divider separating the races to different lanes of the road) to avoid having a 2:30 marathon runner having to dodge a 2:30 half walker. It took a couple faux pas to figure that out though.
IndyMBA: This. As a regular marathoner I am very familiar with this setup: races usually diverge at about the 5-6mi mark and converge at about 10-11mi (half) / 23-24mi (full). This divergence or convergence is dependent upon the course (point-to-point vs. a looped course). At the point the race volunteers and course marshals will usually herd the half and full folks into separate chutes so that you avoid a runner/walker accident from the point of convergence through the end of the race. I usually finish in the ~2:50-3:00 mark for a full and have to dodge a significant number of walkers for this type of race. I applaud them for being out there, though; any activity is better than inactivity.
Mid_mo_mad_man: Wouldn't you notice how long you been running?
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