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 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 Mercy Health Springfield Cancer Center.
Learn more about our story HERE!
When is the race?
The 2024 Happy Half Marathon events will take place in August. Stay tuned for our date announcements!
What is included in my registration?
Happy Half Marathon participants will receive a runners tech shirt and a finishers medal.
Hoppy 5K participants will receive a Hoppy 5K t-shirt and a finishers medal.
There will be entertainment, snacks, and water for participants in the post-race festival area.
DON'T FORGET: A pancake breakfast is also included in your race registration so make sure you head over to Mother Stewart's Brewing Company immediately following the race for breakfast and more live entertainment!
When does the race start?
Hoppy 5K Start: 7:00AM
Happy Half Marathon Start: 7:30AM
What about packet pickup?
Packet pickup will take place at Mother Stewart's Brewing Company
109 W North St.,
Springfield, OH 45504
When you come to packet pickup, make sure you check out our sponsors at the expo and grab a beer!
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 makes race day run more smoothly - plus you don't want to miss Friday's fun at the brewery!
If you do plan to pick up the morning of, please arrive as early as possible so that we are able to start the race on time. Stay tuned for race morning packet pickup information.
Can someone else pick up my bib and shirt?
Yes! While we will miss you at packet pickup, someone else may pick up your bib and shirt for you. They will just need your confirmation number and a picture of your ID.
Where is the race?
The Happy Half Marathon and Hoppy 5K: Presented by Mother Stewart's Brewing Company are both held in Springfield, Ohio!
Start: The race starts 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 race 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, the City of Springfield, and Springfield PD to put together a great, safe course that highlights some of what Springfield has to offer. The course is entirely paved with a mix of roads, bike trails, and some short sidewalk portions. You're going to love it! Click the images 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.
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 electrolytes to runners. Additionally, one water station along the course will offer energy gels.
Want to volunteer for the race or have a group/team that might be interested?
We're ALWAYS looking for new volunteers to help out with the race. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering!