A Note From One Previous Runner:

The course was great, the scenery through Bristol very entertaining and the layout was challenging.  It was fun starting out going around the field at Virginia High School and then finishing across the field at Tennessee High School after a wonderful tour of Bristol.  At every turn there was someone there giving clear directions, “turn here,” with a waive cheering us on.  Each mile was marked so it was easy to keep track of where I was in my race plan, the water stations were plentiful and did I mention friendly?  This was a challenging but rewarding race that had the feel of a great party I plan on attending again next year.  

I caught a shuttle ride back to Virginia High School with other happy runners.  Everyone on the shuttle shared my enthusiasm for the Bristol Half, some went further with comparisons to other races in neighboring states, they pointed out the Bristol Half has many amenities that races of similar or even larger sizes simply don’t have, such as the spaghetti dinner the night before, a very well-marked course, clear directions at turns, frequent water stations, and plentiful post-race water and snacks, in addition to rides back to the start.  I would try to fully describe all the things I liked about it, but description would fall short, you really do have to experience it.  The Bristol Half is a credit to the City of Bristol and the sponsors and planners of the race who made it first class all the way.

Thank you,

Richard Weber – Kingsport, TN

2016 Spirit of the Course Award Winner - Abingdon High School