About this Event
*Voted Third Best Road Race in 2017, by the Valley Advocate Readers' Poll*
We choose to live, to work, to train in Western Massachusetts, a mere speck on the map, because in many respects we appreciate and admire the beauty. The landscape embodies freedom...from the snow covered mountains to the incredible sunsets and sunrises and the impeccable scenery. The people culminate diversity...from the colored flags flying high through streets lined with boutique shops and ethnic restaurants, to the farmers cultivating vast and ever-bearing fields passed through generations of hard-working kin. We all are fortunate to call this incredibly giving place home. We walk and run the trails in admiration. We live with this cohesion and harmony that is truly second to none. And quite often, we gather to celebrate all that surrounds us, all that embodies each and every one of us in this "happy" valley. So, once more, we ask you to join us in celebrating what makes this community, this place, one of the most amazing representations of happiness and freedom this World can offer.
The Happy Valley Half Marathon was created by two people who are passionate about running, getting active, and living life to the fullest. Justin Killeen, owner of 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition in Hadley, MA., has teamed up with Western Mass native and certified running coach, Grant Ritter, to bring you a breath-taking course, designed to showcase some of the most beautiful roads that New England has to offer, during peak Fall foliage. This PR inducing course, the events to follow, and the passion that we exhibit will exhilarate runners and walkers alike...from first timers to seasoned pros. We are pulling out all of the stops to make this run, your run, year after year. New to 2017, the Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County.
Please note that we are unable to offer refunds.
Top male and female half marathon finishers will receive a $250 cash prize, and a free admission to the following year's event.
Second place finishers will receive a $100 cash prize
Third place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize
The top three finishers in each age group will receive gift cards, coupons, and special area discounts from some of our local sponsors.
All half marathon finishers will receive a medal at the finish line
We will be holding a post-race party at the ball field, in Look park. We'll have free tacos and beer for all participants, a DJ, and opportunities to shop and save with local partners. You don't want to miss this family-friendly fall event!
We want to make this an experience you will remember for the rest of your life! Here is what we have put together for you, with more on the way at our event and after party:
FREE Food For Strength LLC Tacos
FREE Brew Practitioners, LLC. Beer
FREE Atkins Farms Country Market Legendary Cider Donuts
FREE Esselon Coffee Roasting Coffee pre-race
FREE Elements Massage Hadley Massages
FREE FitVine Wine Tasting
After-Party Prize Giveaways (Party Members)
2 Elements Massage Hadley Massage Certificates
2 Fleet Feet Sports Gift Certificates
1 Richardson's Candy Kitchen Gift Certificate
1 Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters Gift Basket
1 Esselon Coffee Roasting Bulk Coffee Certificate
1 Pulse Cafe MA Gift Basket
1 Case of vitaminwater donated by Coca-Cola
1 $50 Gift Certificate to Herrell's Ice Cream & Sweet Bakery
Fleet Feet Sports
Elements Massage Hadley
Holyoke Hummus Company
Say Cheese Food Truck
CELSIUS Energy Drinks
Yoga Center Amherst
Bib pick-up will begin on Saturday, October 21. You can pick up your bib at 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition, 251 Russell Street, Hadley. We will send out an email confirming pick-up times for the week leading up to the race. You will be able to pick up your bib, day-of, as well. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There is plenty of parking in the park. The cost, per vehicle, is $5.
Directions and Park map
For and in consideration of USA Track & Field, Inc. (“USA Track & Field”) allowing me, the undersigned, to participate in the USA Track & Field sanctioned event described above (the “Event” or “Events”); I, for myself, and on behalf of my spouse, children, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby agree to and make the following contractual representations pursuant to this Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement (the “Agreement”);
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