When Mike Maloney was battling cancer in 2011, three of his family members informally ran a 13.1-mile course from Springfield to Yellow Springs when they were training for a marathon to raise funds for Mike’s medical bills. It was through this experience that the idea for a race was formed and the first official Happy Half Marathon was held in 2012. The Happy Half Marathon continues in memory of Mike Maloney.
In 2018 over 200 runners from as far away as White Cloud, Michigan came together to raise $6,000 to benefit the Springfield Regional Cancer Center. “I speak for both Alex (Mike Maloney’s son) and myself when I say we feel very fortunate to be part of this race, stated Chris Meister, Race Co-director. “Donating money for such a worthy cause was a true honor for us.”
Now in its 7th year, the 2019 Happy Half Marathon will take place on August 17th. The course begins at Springfield High School, runs along the Miami Valley Scenic Bike Trail, and ends in beautiful Yellow Springs. This route is shaded and has a negative grade, making a comfortable run for the beginning or experienced runner to achieve their athletic goals. Click here to register.
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