This Event Took Place Sun. Dec 21, 2014

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

Come join in for Scioto County's 2nd Annual 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. We are trying to be as green as possible and ask that you bring a handheld bottle and keep your trash until you come across the garbage cans. Let's keep our parks clean. This is not a Boston qualifying race nor does it have prize money so holding onto your gel packets or cups for 10-15 minutes should not jeopardize your finish time by much.
This year's FINISHERS will receive a red High Sierra SwitchBlade Duffle bag with the logo embroidered on the main pocket or a green Anvil Soft Hoodie. At registration you will choose which you would like. Again...you MUST FINISH to receive this Duffle Bag or hoodie.
All registrants will receive a goodie bag and a drinking glass. You may order a green Anvil Soft Hoodie - the same style of the light blue hoodies from last year on the registration page for $25.00 These are unisex and do run pretty true to size.

Packet Pickup and Event Start Time

Packet Pickup will be held Saturday December 19th from 4-7pm and the morning of the event starting at 6:30
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 don't freeze over night

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

FAQ

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 4-7pm. 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 - 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 17th.

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!! They 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 - Please contact us at kidz-biz@roadrunner.com 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..

Weather

Its Southern Ohio and what can I say about the weather...it 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: 8:23 PM
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Jennifer Hatcher
Race Director

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