Race The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half With Me!

Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival

Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival

That’s right! From June 6-8, I’ll be at Boston College in Newton, Mass., for the inaugural Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival as part of the official blogging crew. (Read: They’re covering my race entries, hotel and some meals.) And me? I’ve got discount codes for you.

Why Heartbreak Hill? Boston College sits at the top of the famous Heartbreak Hill section of the Boston Marathon. It’s a rare chance for runners who aren’t yet fast enough to qualify for Boston, myself included, to run this storied stretch of road. Consider me pumped.

The weekend of races includes the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon on Sunday and the Runner’s World 5K and Runner’s World 10K on Saturday. For you challenge lovers, take on multiple races. The Five & Dime is back-to-back 5K and 10K races on Saturday; the Hat Trick has you run the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. All runners receive a finisher’s medal and shirt—tech for the half, event shirt for the 5K and 10K.

All three courses start at the Boston College campus. The 5K is a looped run around the college and Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The 10K and half marathon head west to Commonwealth Avenue and the hills of Newton, Mass. The 10K is an out-and-back run, as is the half-marathon, which also includes a large loop around the Brae Burn County Club. Miles 9.5 to 13 of the half cover the storied Heartbreak Hill section of the Boston Marathon, giving the race weekend its name.

For the inaugural event, Runner’s World is bringing out the big guns. Shalane Flanagan, Bart Yasso, Paralympian Sarah Reinertsen and, of course, the Runner’s World editorial team will be on hand giving presentations at the Runner’s World Health and Fitness Expo.

The weekend also includes a team challenge and college challenge for students and alumni, a ticketed pasta dinner, free mini film festival of running movies, free kids races, and the free Eukanuba 2-Mile Dog Run, along with a seminar on running and training with your dog. I wish Cinderella could come and run with me.

Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon Course and Elevation

Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half course map and elevation chart

I’ll be running the 5K and half-marathon. I’ll have raced the SHAPE Diva Dash the week before. So here’s my tentative strategy: use the 5K as a shake out run for—wait for it—a possible PR attempt in the half.

But, Karla, it’ll be hot in June!

But, Karla, it’ll be hilly!

I know, I know. It’s called the Heartbreak Hill Half for a reason. But I actually like a hilly course; what goes up, must come down. Either way, I want to train for it, use it as the big goal race and see how things go.

Want to join me?
Get 10 percent off Heartbreak Hill Half, Five & Dime or Hat Trick with these codes:

And if you’re traveling from out of town, Runner’s World has a list of hotels and dorms (yes, dorms!) with special rates for runners.

Regular registration fees are $100 for the half-marathon before April 23, when rates jump to $110. At the expo it’s $120 to register. The 10K is $45 before April 23, when fees jump to $50 or $55 at the expo. The 5K is $40 before April 23, when prices rise to $45 or $50 at the expo. The Five & Dime costs $85 before April 23 and $95 afterward, topping out at $105 at the expo. The Hat Trick is $175 before April 23, when the cost rises to $195. Registration is $215 at the expo.

To register or get more information visit rw.runnersworld.com/hhhalf.

Hope to see you there!

As mentioned above, Runner’s World is covering my race entries, hotel and some meals. But, as always, you can count on me to be honest about my experience. Don’t believe me? Read about crowding and corral issues at the Walt Disney World 10K or how Disney’s Magical Express lost my bags before the Disney Family Fun Run 5K. I’m always honest about my experience regardless of any compensation or freebies I receive. Seriously.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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04 2014

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