Yes, facts. This is more than just a New Bedford Half Marathon preview by Dave Dunham. He also put together another post about the history of his CMS team at this staple of New England running.
The first mile drops 30’ so it is tempting to go out a bit too fast. The next mile climbs 30’ (gently) and then after 2 miles things heat up. There is a 100’ climb over 6/10th followed by a 70’ drop to the 3 mile mark. The fourth mile also has a tough hill with 100’ of climb in the first ½ mile then a 30’ drop. As you pass four miles you turn south on Rockwell Ave. and some very steady fast running (30’ drop to 5 miles and another 30’ drop to 6). The 7th mile may be the fastest of the day as you drop another -90’ as you reach the ocean just before 7miles. Cove road and Rodney French Blvd are typically fast running as well with basically flat running until a 20’ bump at the 9 mile mark. At 9.3 you pass Fort Rodman and East Beach and start heading north. This is where the wind always seems to be strongest. Again no climbs but you are into the teeth of the wind until you reach the city around 11 miles. 11 to 12 climbs 20’ then you hit the final hill of the day an 80’ climb from 12 to 12.5. After that it is flat until 12.8 when you drop 30’ in .2 then flatten out for the final kick to the finish.
Remember one key piece of advice by DD:
“Get to the start at least 10 minutes before the gun; it can be very difficult to get yourself seeded properly as you have to enter from the BACK of the starting corral which means if you are headed to the front you have to make your way past 2500 others.”
“Four CMS runners have been victorious in the half-marathon championships. Jack Dwyer won in 1999 (67:21), Mike Nahom in 1998 (67:00), Dave Dunham twice 1996 & 1993 (66:48 & 65:02) and Mark Donahue 1991 with a 1:03:12. CMS holds the championship record for individual and team with Donahue’s 63:12 and the 1990 teams combined time of 5:30:39. That is an average time of 1:06:08 for five runners that year Charlie Breagy ran 1:08:34 and was a non-scoring member of the squad.”
Check out the rest of Dave’s post to see some of the sick times posted over the years.
The 40th annual New Bedford Half Marathon is tomorrow. If you’re signed up, then rest up. Don’t have a spot yet? Not too late to join the party. See you there!