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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Andrews

Detroit Free Press Virtual Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon to evaluate as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!”

This month I was suppose to run the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon. Due to the current world situation the race was converted to a virtual event. Since I would not run the international race, I decided to make it as adventurous as I could. I ran through two cities and two counties, this was my version of an international run.

I ran the old Publix Marathon route in the reverse direction from my home. I live a mile from mile 14 of the race. I like the old route because it ran through some of the historic parts of the city. I ran from Decatur to the the City of Atlanta. Once I crossed in Atlanta, I ran through Candler Park and Little Five Points. Once I arrived in Little Five Points, around mile 8, I started having heel pain due to my worn out shoes.

As a result of my heel pain I took the last 5 miles easy and I changed the route and ran back home. While my time was not the fastest, I am glad that I finished considering that I have not run more than 8 miles since the Publix Half Marathon in March.

I hope sometime in the near future I will be able to run the in person race. I love the swag that I received. which included a finish line. Along with the finish line, I received a medal, black tee shirt, blue pullover, Mylar blanket, and a bib. The run also motivated me to get some new shoes, since my old pair had reached the ended of its life.


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