Harrisonburg locals might notice an increase in runners tackling miles throughout the city streets this fall. Virginia Momentum is debuting its first-ever Harrisonburg Half Marathon on October 15, 2022. This premier event is causing a lot of buzz around town and a great number of participants have already signed up before the recent price increase. Many of our team members regularly participate in VA Momentum’s numerous community-oriented events (such as the Rocktown Turkey Trot) and we are excited to spotlight this organization whose mission is to energize the community for good. The course highlights the new Friendly City Trail which was officially completed this spring. We are excited to see wonderful opportunities such as these for our community to gather and enjoy our local attractions
Annie recently spoke with VA Momentum co-founder Kevin Gibson and asked him a few questions about this exciting event.
Kevin, what made you want to bring a half marathon to Harrisonburg?
“We’ve always wanted to host a half marathon and community members have desired one for years. Half marathons put you on the map in a different way than a 5K because there’s another level of commitment from participants. And if you do it right, these events will draw participants from outside the immediate community, which can be a great economic benefit to Harrisonburg. We want locals and out-of-towners to experience the best of Harrisonburg and a half marathon is a perfect way to do that.”
Aside from adding more miles, how will this race be different that other events?
“We’re thankful for more widespread support on the whole for this event. Sponsors are highly engaged, local youth teams will volunteer en mass at course aid stations, local businesses will host post-race celebrations and participant swag is on another level. We’re inviting homeowners in the local neighborhoods to come out and cheer for runners and we’ll host a packet pickup Expo with live music at Magpie Diner. Everything is amplified!”
What are you and your business partner Alan most excited about as the race draws near?
“We love watching people of all backgrounds and skillsets accomplish their goals. The race day environment at half marathons is special and we’re honored to help create that for participants in Harrisonburg. When they cross the finish line, we’ll be the first ones rooting for them!”
We love seeing community events such as this find a home here in the Shenandoah Valley. Annie is joining the volunteer crew for this event and will be cheering on runners as they tackle 13.1 miles!