The idea for our race comes from family members running the 13.1 mile course from Springfield to Yellow Springs to train for a full-marathon in which they would be raising money to help cover the cost of cancer treatment for Mike Maloney, father of Co-Director Alex Maloney. The first official Happy Half Marathon was held in 2012. Our race brings together runners from all over to support our cause and gives them a chance to achieve their fitness goals.
On August 14, 2021 the Happy Half Marathon will be held in Springfield, Ohio on a brand new course that starts and ends in historic Downtown Springfield!
In the past, our course began at Springfield High School, ran along the Miami Valley Scenic Bike Trail, and ended in beautiful Yellow Springs. This route was the original one run by that group of cousins in 2011 and we will forever cherish the memories that we made during those years.
Hosting the race in Springfield has long been a goal of ours and we are extremely excited about the opportunities that this will bring!
REACH YOUR PERSONAL BEST
Whether you are an experienced runner, or this is your first attempt at 13.1, our course is perfect for your personal best.
The run through historic Springfield, Ohio will bring a nice mix of road and bike trail and the beautiful scenery will surround you from start to finish!
What does it mean to Choose Happy? First, we hope that you choose to run the Happy Half. Second, we want you to choose the path of happiness and that our community of runners will help that. Most importantly, we run for cancer fighters, survivors, and those we have lost. No one gets to choose cancer, but we hope that, no matter what, you are always able to Choose Happy.
SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE
In addition to organizing a great race, one of the main objectives or the Happy Half Marathon is to raise money for a great cause.
Past donations have been made to the American Cancer Society and the Springfield Regional Cancer Center.
In 2018 the Happy Half Marathon and our sponsors donated $11,000 to the Springfield Regional Cancer Society.