WEST POINT HALF MARATHON
"Fallen Comrades Run"
Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 9AM
Welcome to the West Point Half-Marathon and kids 1/2 mile race website! In its 5th year now, this race has been a huge hit for the Corps of Cadets, but this year it’s now open to the public. This is your chance to lace up your running shoes and compete with the Cadets as you tour a national historical site.
SPONSORS: Interested in advertising with this event or supporting the West Point Marathon team? Contact the race director for more information. WPhalf@yahoo.com
- This is one of the most affordable races you’ll ever find!
- Cadets: $20
- General Entry: $55
- Kids 1/2 and 1 mile races: $12
- Race Day Entry: $25/$65 (cadet/general entry), $15 (kids)
*Online registration closes at 1200 (noon) on Friday, 27 MAR.
The race will offer:
- Chip timing
- Technical race shirt
- Finisher’s coin
- Post-race snacks
- Cadet and age-category prizes by gender (top 3)
Kids Races will take place at approximately 0920 for the following age groups: 7 and under, 8-9, and 10-12. We will have a 1/2 mile (1 loop) race around Lusk Reservoir with the finish line inside Michie Stadium! All kids will receive a finishers prize!
Individual Cadets: Plebe, Yearling, Cow, Firstie (Top three Male and Female)
Individual Runners: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+
Teams: Four to ten members of your unit, company, work place or your friends - top four times will count towards competition
Ruck: Ruck march the course with a pack - 40lbs for competitive teams.
Kid's race: 7 & under, 8-9, 10-12
Top three teams in each category (Military, Civilian, Public Service) and top three Cadet Company teams (or Sandhurst Teams) will recieve Guidons.
WP Half-Marathon Route.pdf
This course will take you on a tour of some of West Point’s greatest features and is broken into 2 loops (appx 10mi and 3mi). You start at Michie stadium next to Lusk Reservoir and then head down towards Thayer gate. From there, you turn left onto Thayer road and enjoy a gorgeous mile pinned between the Hudson River and Colonel’s Row. After you run under and past Mahan and Thayer Halls (our primary academic buildings), you are treated to a great view along Trophy Point. From there, you head down ODIA hill and run along the base of the Hudson where the cadets take their 2 mile PT test. You’ll pass both the indoor (Gillis Field House) and outdoor track (Shea Stadium) before heading up a steady climb and back to Washington Road. At the top you’ll run past the West Point cemetery where hundreds of the Long Gray Line’s finest rest. From there it’s a scenic view of Lee Housing where you’ll reach the 10k mark before heading towards Keller Army Community Hospital and turning into Grey Ghost and New Brick housing. As you leave the housing you can breathe easy on a comfy stretch headed back towards the cadet area before heading uphill towards Lusk Reservior. You finish the 1st (and largest loop) after circling around Lusk Reservoir and crossing the stone bridge.
The second loop is a fast 5K back towards Thayer gate then another great view of the Hudson along Thayer road. This time after passing thru Trophy Point, you’ll continue towards the Catholic Chapel and head up the hill for a final loop of Lusk Reservoir before entering Michie stadium to kick to the finish line at the end of the field.
Water Points: start/finish, 2.5mi, 5.5mi, 6.5mi, 8.5mi, 10mi, 12mi
Latrines: start/finish, 4.5mi
Race Day Guidance:
0730-0845: packet pick-up
0845: Black Knight alley closed to vehicle traffic (starting line area)
0900: Race start
0920: Kid's race start
0930: Black Knight alley reopens
1145: Awards ceremony
1230: course closed
Stadium Layout and entrance guidance.pdf
Parking: Parking is available in A-lot. This is the lot located directly west of the stadium and only 100m from the starting line. NOTE: The road on the west side of Michie stadium is under repair so the best route if you're coming from off-post is to enter thru Stoney Lonesome gate (along highway 9W). If you utilize a GPS, this is the gate most GPS's will naturally direct you towards. After entering the gate, continue along Stoney Lonesome Rd down the hill and you'll see the entrance to A-lot on the right near the NW corner of the stadium.
Packet Pick-up: We are only doing raceday pick-up this year. We'll provide your bib w/ timing tag, pins, and a bag to use for gear turn-in. The pick-up location will be in Michie Stadium along the guest sidelines.
Bag Drop: Bag drop will be available to all runners. You must utilize the clear bag provided at packet pick-up. The bag drop location is in the guest locker room in the tunnel on the east side of the stadium.
This race is dedicated to those members of the Long Gray Line whom have gone to war and made the ultimate sacrifice. Each mile marker will memorialize different fallen comrades from all of our nation’s wars as a tribute. We honor them as individuals as we sweat and test ourselves on this challenging, but beautiful course. We celebrate what they stood for as we build camaraderie and patriotism thru friendly competition.
“On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory.”
- General Douglas MacArthur
Memorial Mile Markers.pdf from 2014 - new honorees will be listed soon!
Cadet Training plans:
Not sure how to get ready for this race, cadets? Click below for a basic 8wk training plan designed around your schedule. We want to help you train smart, stay healthy, and still fit in all your other requirements.
DAY 1 Workouts.pdf (1st/2nd REGT)
DAY 2 Workouts (3rd/4th REGT)
Q - Are walkers allowed to participate?
A - Yes. The course will be open for 4 hours (until 1pm) to accomodate ruck marchers and walkers.
Q - Can I use a jogging stroller and run with my children?
A - Yes. However, please seed yourself accordingly. There are some decent hills along the course so be prepared to push hard!
Q - If I'm a cadet, can I wear something besides my Gym-A uniform?
A - Yes. The Brigade Tactical Officer has authorized the wear of Company Spirit shirts.
Q - If I am trying to watch the race, where is the best location to see the runners?
A - There are several great spots. If you're at the stadium you can see the runners 3 times (start, 9.5mi, finish). We'll also have a video feed of part of the route (2mi, 11.5mi) playing on the jumbotron in the stadium. If you're out and about, the runners will pass by Trophy Point twice (2.5mi, 12mi) and you'll get a great view of the campus. Or if you live on base in Lee, Grey Ghost, or New Brick housing, you can just relax on your front porch because the route likely travels right down your street!
Q - If I'm a parent, can I run with my child during the kid's race?
A - Absolutely! We'll have cadets at the corners to guide our young athletes around the turns, but you're welcome to run alongside or relax along the stone wall and watch them make the loop.
Q - Are pets allowed at the race?
A - Pets are allowed on post (must remain on leash), however, we can't have any furry friends running in the race.
* Cadets - if you have trouble opening with Internet Explorer due to the server, try Mozilla Firefox.
2014 PHOTOS: Huge thank-you to CDT Jason Hu and CDT Carolyn Grigsby for snapping 873 photos of runners! Check out the link below and see how many they took of you!
Home Event Sponsor: USMA Marathon Team
Event Officer-in-Charge: Mrs. Melissa Jackson
Event Cadets-in-Charge: CDT Ben Shields and CDT Danny Schlich
Questions/Suggestions? Contact us! We want to provide you the best experience possible.