How tough is HEL’s ½ Pound?
Lots of ½ marathon races boast the toughest course. Most tough courses have lots of hills. The more hills the tougher the course. Sure, there are some absolutely killer trail courses for the real animal runners, but this is a road marathon (all asphalt). Ultimately, there is one sure way to tell how tough a course is – look at the finishing times. Most lead runners will complete a ½ marathon between 1:00 and 1:15.
The infamous Pier to Peak ½ marathon in Santa Barbara, with its punishing ascent of 4,000 feet, is a tough course. Last year’s fastest finish at Pier to Peak was 1:44. Since this is HEL’s ½ Pound inaugural debut, there is no fasted finish on record. Be assured, run, walk or crawl, this course can not be completed under 2 hours!
The ascent begins immediately. With in 2 miles you are hitting grades in excess of 14%. This road destroys more brakes and transmissions than any other road in Utah! In the first 4.5 miles elvation gain is over 2600 feet! Incidently, this is the road to Powder Mountain ski resort. If you’re a local, enough said. To describe this road as steep is a cruel understatement. Winding through pines, rocky crags and along a cascading creek, its a shame the pain distracts so much from the surrounding scenery. It really is breath taking.
That said, don’t be scared away from participating in this one-of-a-kind half marathon. This is a serious feather in the cap. We invite all – young and old, male and female. There is no cut off time, so take your time. You can do it! Just completing this is a huge win in itself and bragging rights for years to come!
What's with the name?
Hel’s: Huntsville, Eden Liberty
Half: Half Marathon
Pound: It will pound your body to near oblivion.