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Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival Coming to Boston

Posted by Chrissy Horan  October 4, 2013 08:09 AM

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Every runner knows the name. They are a leading source of running news. It’s one of the few magazines that I still read the paper version.

Runner’s World.

The largest media brand in running is coming to Boston! Runner’s World announced this week that they have selected the Boston area as the second site for their Runner’s World Half and Festival. The event will take place June 6-8, 2014 with headquarters at Boston College.


The event, appropriately named the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival, includes a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids run. The Festival begins Friday, June 6 with Kids' Runs at 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 7, the 5-K begins at 7 a.m., and the 10-K starts at 8:30 a.m. The centerpiece of the festival is the half marathon taking place on Sunday June 8, starting at 7:30am. I guarantee there will be a few folks who run a “triple crown” that weekend – the 5K, 10K and Half. Registration is now open at

All 3 races will at points cross the Boston Marathon course. Covering ground he knows well, it will be Boston Marathon race director, Dave McGillavray and his DMSE Sports team organizing the event.

"We're thrilled to be coming to the Boston area for the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival in June 2014," Runner's World General Manager and Editor-in-Chief David Willey said. "The running and racing tradition in New England is unlike anywhere else, and the opportunity to feature Heartbreak Hill as part of a Runner's World event is very exciting.”

The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival follows the inaugural Runner’s World Half and Festival in Bethlehem, PA in October 2012. Bethlehem will host its second annual festival October 18-20 2013.

In addition to the races, the festival will also include a bunch of running-themed seminars and a pasta dinner with the editors of Runner’s World. For more information about the schedule of activities, check out Information will also be available on Facebook and Twitter @HHHalf.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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