HARPERS FERRY – After a 2020 cancellation of the popular Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have decided to bring the event back this year.
“We had a cap on the number of runners subject to COVID restrictions,” said Dr Mark Cucuzzella, event organizer. “We had 250 runners in the half marathon and 50 in the 5 km.”
The half marathon offered a challenging course spanning the expanse of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, through adjacent towns and incorporated into the park.
The half marathon route included passing through School House Ridge South, Murphy Farm, the Lower Town Harpers Ferry, and has great views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
The 5K included a mix of trails, roads, and historic ruins for those who chose to participate in the shorter of events.
“It was a beautiful day, so many happy and joyful people to be able to once again organize a participatory event” Said Cucuzzella.
The race attracts many local individuals, but also attracts people from near and far. Runners have traveled from neighboring states and even further afield to take part in the wake of an event that kicks off the racing season for many.
The thrill of running motivates a lot in itself, but it is always exciting to be among the best at such an event.
Brody Ruffner of Woodstock, Md., Nelson Mael of Winchester, Va. And Nicole Wright of Falls Church, Va., Finished in the top three in the specific male category, Mark Neff of Derwood, Md. Bree Gaster was second for the women with Cammie Farsey of Berryville, Va., Completing the women’s top three.
Not to be outdone, Liam Myers, Hannah Phillips and Erika Weshinskey took the top three places in the annual 5km race.
“It’s a great run at Harpers Ferry,” Cucuzzella said, once again expressing how positive it is to do an in-person event again.