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Runner Packet Pickup:

Runners can check-in and pick up packets the morning of the race, 8:00-9:00 a.m. at the Rec Center.  

About Sandman

6th annual Sandman Extreme for Excellence Half Marathon starts in downtown Wytheville, Va., snow or shine, at the old rec center. The run descends in the first mile to a crossing of Reed Creek at 2,100 feet elevation, before beginning a 4.5 mile climb to the top of Sand Mt. at 3,100'. The climb to the top is on hard surface road, with about 4 miles on packed gravel. A shorter 9 mile alternate run is available without the full climb. Winners in age categories will receive customized hour glasses. The event is a fundraiser for the Wythe County Public School Foundation for Excellence--we're all about excellence.

Event details and schedule

This event takes place every year on the Satuday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 9:00 a.m.

Location

The race begins and ends at the old Rec Center in Wytheville: 250 South 4th Street 

Awards 

Awards will be given for Overall Male and Female for each the 9-mile and the 13.1 miles.

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the following age groups for males and females, for both events:

19 and under

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60 and over

Route Map & Water Stops

Half Marathon 

Water stops will be available at the following mile markers: 1 mile (Reed Creek Bridge), 3.5 miles (Intersection of Whipoorwill and Broadway), 5.5 miles (High Rocks Trails parking area), 7.5 miles (Intersection of Whipoorwill and Broadway *same as 3.5 marker), 9.3 miles (Intersection of Atkins Mill and Whipoorwill), 12.3 miles (E. Railroad Avenue, just below underpass). 

9-Miler 

Water stops will be available at the following mile markers: 1 mile (Reed Creek Bridge), 3.5 miles (Intersection of Whipoorwill and Broadway), 5.3 miles (Intersection of Atkins Mill and Whipoorwill), 8.3 miles (E. Railroad Avenue, just below underpass). 

*All support for runners will end at 1:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the event.