What is the Happy Half Marathon all about?
In 2011 a group of family members ran from Springfield to Yellow Springs in training for the Columbus Marathon. Their goal was to raise money for the cancer treatment of a family member - Mike Maloney. After Mike Maloney passed, The Happy Half | Trainer's Half Marathon was born. One of our original goals was to benefit cancer research and make a difference to those fighting cancer in our area. That mission remains true and our proceeds benefit the Springfield Regional Cancer Center.
Learn more about our story HERE!
When is the race?
August 14, 2021 - click here to sign up!
What is included in my registration?
NEW for 2021, a pancake breakfast will immediately follow the race! The pancake breakfast is included in your race registration so make sure you head over to Mother Stewart's Brewing Company immediately following the race!
Our finisher's medals are one of the things that keep runners coming back year after year. The medals are handcrafted and unique. Designed and handcrafted by local glass artist, Doug Frates, there is no other race that has a finisher's medal like ours. Additionally, runners receive a race shirt and many other sponsor provided goodies in their race bag.
When does the race start?
What about packet pickup?
Packet pickup will take place at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company on Friday, August 13 from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
109 W North St.,
Springfield, OH 45504
When you come to packet pickup, make sure you check out our sponsors at the mini-expo and grab a beer! Mother Stewart's Brewing Company will be donating a portion of beers sold on Friday and Saturday to the Mercy Health - Springfield Cancer Center.
Can I pick up my packet the morning of the race?
Absolutely! We will start morning-of packet pickup at 5:30 A.M. on race day. However, we highly suggest that you pick up your packet (or have someone else pick it up for you) on Friday night. This make race day run more smoothly - plus you don't want to miss Friday's fun!
If you do plan to pickup the morning of, please arrive as early as possible so that we are able to start the race on time.
Where is the race?
The 2021 Happy Half Marathon will be held in Springfield, Ohio!
Start: The 2021 race will start in the heart of Downtown Springfield - on the corner of High Street and South Fountain Avenue.
Finish: You will cross the finish line on Main Street (in between Fisher Street and Center Street), near the Madonna of the Trail statue.
Is there parking nearby?
Downtown Springfield has tons of parking options that will be extremely convenient for those of you running or watching the Happy Half! We'll provide some more specific information as we get closer to the race, but we suggest heading downtown and exploring before you come into town for the race!
What does the course look like?
We've worked closely with officials at Wittenberg University and with the City of Springfield to put together a great, safe course that highlights some of the great parts of Springfield. The 2021 course is entirely paved with a mix of roads, bike trail, and some short sidewalk portions. You're going to love it! Click the image below to learn even more!
I'm just watching the race this year, what should I do?
Spectators are welcome to watch the race from any point along the course. There are plenty of great viewing areas to cheer on family, friends, and strangers who are participating in the race.
Make sure you cheer on runners as they cross the finish line. The Peanut Gallery - Brought to you by the Peanut Shoppe is the best place to see the end of the race!
Are strollers allowed on the course?
If you prefer to run with a stroller, we are happy to welcome that! However, we do ask that you are considerate of our other runners, as the course is narrow. Please try to stay near the sides or back of the course as much as possible.
How long is the course open?
As the course is public, it does not close. However, the race will be timed for 4 hours.
Is water available on the course?
Of course! We have a number of water stations located along the course and maned by our 200+ gracious volunteers. Each station will provide water and Gatorade to runners. Additionally, one water station along the course will offer Gu.
Be sure to take note of your favorite water table this year and, after the race, vote in the Happy Half Marathon Water Table Competition!