Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

First Day of Winter 50K

Earl Thomas Conley Park

West Portsmouth , OH 1/2 Marathon, 50K, Marathon

Registration closes: Thu, Dec 18 @ 11:59PM

Special Announcement

Special Announcement: We have received some amazing useful items for our free goodie bags this year, however; there are only 150 of some of the items. Instead of capping the race those registrants after the 150 mark will not receive ALL of the items but you will still have an awesome goodie bag!! FInisher jackets were available to those registering before November 1st...Hoodies were available to those registering between November 1 ad December 8th.

Fitness Plus 24's First Day of Winter Half/Full/50K

Come join in for Scioto County's first Ultra/marathon and half marathon running event. The course is located at Riverside Park in West Portsmouth and will consist of multiple loops- Each loop is less then 2 miles with an elevation gain of 80 feet per loop. 50K will be 16 loops. The course is all trail and grass except for a very small section upon arriving back to the shelter house to begin each loop. Thank you to all our Sponsors - FentonKallner Optometrist, Fitness Plus 24, Neal & Vicky Hatcher, Hunter-Williams Insurance, Atty. Jeremy Burnside, Portsmouth Brewing Co, OSCO Industries, INC

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 1st TO GUARANTEE A FINISHER JACKET. THESE ARE UNISEX ASICS AND RUN LARGE - Registrants after November 1st but before December 8th will be receive an Anvil soft style hoodie - We can not guarantee a hoodie for those registering after midnight on December 7th.

Packet Pickup and Event Start Time

Packet Pickup will be held Saturday December 20th from 5-7pm and the morning of the event starting at 6:45
All events will start at 7:30
We will have a paramedic on duty and volunteers until 4:00pm and if you need extra time you will not be left behind - I will personally wait for you to finish within reason :)
PLEASE try to pick up your packet the evening before so the event can have a timely start...due to the time of the year we will have a lot of setting up to do and bringing food and beverage in the morning of so they dont freeze over night

Whats Included

All entrants will receive a 16oz drinking glass and goody Bag with other surprises inside
Finishers only will receive a ASICS Jacket valued at $65.00....these are unisex sized and for FEMALES they do run large Due to the cost of the event and the cost of the swag we will not be able to exchange any sizes - the smallest is an XS - please register before November 1st to guarantee a finisher jacket - Registration after November 1st will be given a super soft anvil heather hoodie- these are also unisex but do not run as large as the jackets- .
There will be overall male and overall female awards as well as age group awards - at this time we are unsure if we are able to go 3 deep in age groups
10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80-89

Where to Stay

Holiday Inn 711 Second St Portsmouth OH
Super 8 4266 US 23 Portsmouth OH- There is usually a sign up here that reads walk in $58
Comfort Inn 5100 Old Scioto Trail Portsmouth OH
Ameristay Inn 3762 US 23 Portsmouth OH
Shawnee Lodge 4404B State Rt 125 West Portsmouth OH

Airports - Closest is Huntington WV about 45 miles away
Columbus Ohio and Cincinnati Ohio are about 100 miles away
Dayton is about 135 miles away


Where and when is Packet Pick up - Packet pick up will be held Saturday at Earl Thomas Conley Park (Riverside Park) on US 52 in West Portsmouth Ohio from 5-7pm. We ask to please try to make arrangements to get your packet the night before in order to have a timely start.

Parking - There is several parking lots at the park and Washington Nile Schools which is located directly west of the park has allowed us to use their lots for overflow parking.

Start Time - All events will start at 7:30am unless other arrangements have been made- The marathon will have a short reverse loop of one mile and follow red flags until meeting up with the green flags. All course will be marked with green flags that will be on your right.

Are Walkers Allowed- Yes we encourage walkers and all fitness levels at our event. We do ask that walkers stay to the right of the trail and stay alert in order for other to pass on their left hand side

Are Headsets Allowed - For safety reasons we strongly discourage the use of headsets but those wishing to listen to music please keep one earbud out or the music low so you can hear the other runners coming upon you.

What is the time limit - The course does not have a strict cut off as we want everyone to finish...however we will only have paramedics and full staff volunteers until 4:00pm

Can I switch distances - You can not switch from the FULL/50K to the HALF or the HALF to the FULL/50K due to the special order and embroidered Finisher Jackets. If you would like to switch from the FULL to the 50K or vise versa please let us know by email verification you wish to do so before December the 18th.

Places to eat - If you are looking for lunch and dinner ideas The Portsmouth Brewing Co. located at 224 2nd St is open Saturday from 11am to 10pm and Sunday from 10am-9pm This is a local Micro Brewery and has delicious as well as a number of other choices!! The Fork & Finger is located next door at 232 2nd and is opened Saturday evening until 8pm - they will be making spaghetti and lasagna as well as a veggie lasagna option. Both restaurants will be giving race participants 10% off their meals when you show them your race bib.

Refunds/transfers - We are sorry but we do not offer refunds but we do allow you the opportunity to transfer your bib as long as the person you are transferring it to can wear the same size jacket or hoodie you have on order. Please contact us at as well as the person you would like the entry transferred to and we will take care of this. The deadline for transfer is December 8th..again it must be the same distance you have signed up for and they must be able to wear the same size jacket/hoodie that was ordered.


Its Southern Ohio and what can I say about the can be anything!! Last year we held this event as a Fat Ass style and we had unseasonable warm temps at almost 70 degrees with heavy rains the day before and showers on and off during the race which caused lots of fun mud on the course!! Typical weather in December in Portsmouth is mid 40's

Local time: 6:51 PM


Jennifer Hatcher
Race Director