The dawning of the new year brings along fresh resolutions. Augusta Sports Council executive director Brinsley Thigpen is hopeful Augusta-area residents will add an old event to their planners.
The Augusta Half Marathon returns this year after a 15-month absence. The 13.1-mile event will be held, Feb. 26, with a start/finish in downtown Augusta.
“I think it’s a great New Year’s resolution,” Thigpen said. “That gives people eight weeks to train.”
The half marathon last was held in November 2009. The event was forced to reschedule its 2010 event because of the Savannah Marathon in November.
The Augusta Half Marathon returns with a few changes. The 2009 event started and finished at the Augusta Common. Thie year, the start/finish point will be Enterprise Mill. The course will begin in downtown Augusta before heading up Walton Way. Runners will have to negotiate a large hill as they pass Richmond Academy High School and The Partridge Inn. The course continues past Augusta State University and then turns right on Berckmans Road to Washington Road. Runners then will pass Augusta National Golf Club, circle around Lake Olmstead and then trek down Broad Street to the finish.
While there are a few hills to make the course challenging, Thigpen stated more than 10 miles are flat or downhill.
“We’re excited about the new route,” she said.
Interested participants have until Jan. 10 to take advantage of the early-bird entry fee of $45. From there, the fee escalates to a high of $75 the day before the race.