Two course records and the second-most finishers made it an epic day in Fredericksburg, VA. Local runner and now three-time Historic Half winner Tim Young crossed the finish in 1:05:09, breaking his own course record by 1:48. Erika Weidman broke the women's Historic 10K course record by six seconds, finishing in 44:38. The Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K ushered in a total of 7,545 finishers. Stephanie Fulmer of Arlington, VA finished the Half first among women with a time of 1:25:18. Aaron Naraine of Fredericksburg was the top 10K finisher (40:32) The Semper Fred 5K male and female ribbon breakers were 14-year old Philip Lambert (19:32) also of Fredericksburg and Springfield, VA's Yuko Whitestone (22:26).  

Historic Half participants may be familiar with the event's 13.1 logo that showcases the Hugh Mercer Statue that stands proudly above the runners at mile six on the course. Mercer served the citizens of Fredericksburg with medicines and treatments of the time in the Apothecary Shop, which has been replicated on Caroline Street near Mile 7.5. Leeches, lancets, snakeroot, and crab claws made up just some of the remedies. Dr. Mercer practiced medicine for fifteen years in Fredericksburg for patients including George Washington's mother, Mary. In 1774, Washington sold Ferry Farm, his childhood home, to Mercer, who would eventually leave his practice to join the Revolutionary army. Mercer died as a Brigadier General at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. 

If you finished one of the three Historic Half Weekend events, you are one third of the way to earning the Distinguished Participant medal awarded by the MCM and VA Runner. To earn this distinction, participants must complete any event during Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend, Run Amuck (June 14) and the Turkey Trot 10K (November 22). All qualified Distinguished Participants will receive a stunning custom medal, as well as access to special events and discounts at VA Runner. Introduced in 2013, the VA Runner Distinguished Participant award serves as an incentive to make an on-going commitment to health and fitness that spans the entire MCM event season. Distinguished Participant medals will be presented at the 2014 Turkey Trot. To qualify, runners must be officially registered for an event and may not obtain a bib from another registered participant. Registration is open now for Run Amuck and the Turkey Trot 10K.

The scenery was memorable, the Marines were motivating, you scaled Hospital Hill and, best of all, MarathonFoto captured all the action by taking over 119,000 images on event morning averaging almost 16 shots per participant. Check out the many in-action images featuring you and every other runner along the Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred courses.  Photos are available for purchase as digital files or on commemorative products.

Thank you in advance for taking some time to answer the Historic Half Runner Feedback Survey. The information shared by Historic Half participants supports the planning process for next year's Historic Half Weekend. Already the MCM has received feedback about tackling Hospital Hill, details of parking challenges and questions inquiring about the man on the medal.

Visit the Comcast SportsNet website for video footage of the Historic Half finish line. Easily find yourself or your favorite runner crossing the finish line as the videos are broken into short time blocks reflecting finish time.

Finisher results and split-time information can be accessed through the Historic Half website. A downloadable finisher certificate is also available to Historic Half participants to print and proudly display. A special celebration shout-out to the 158 Iron Mile Company runners who have officially finished every Historic Half since 2008. If you believe you are a member of the Iron Mile Company, please contact MCM World HQ. A special thank you to all the volunteers who supported the runners at Packet Pick-up, on the course and at the finish. 

While the top finishers received their hardware at the finish line in a special award ceremony on event morning, age group and Masters category winners will be notified by email and will be presented brand new recognition pieces in a ceremony to be held at Pohanka Nissan in June. The top male and female runners in 10-year age groups for the Semper Fred and Historic 10K and the top three runners in five year increments for the Half will receive the new awards. Specially crafted cherry wood boxes house a limited edition coin minted specifically for each event to be given exclusively to age award winners. The 10K and 5K will present awards from ages 9 and under to 70 and up. The Historic Half provides awards for runners ages 10-14 and 75 and up.

Lasting Commemoratives offers plaques and other keepsakes featuring unique, original 2014 Historic Half-inspired artwork that showcases a picture of Fredericksburg from the past in the present. Purchase a commemorative item by end of May to receive a discount of up to $25. Enter promo code MCHH to receive Free Shipping too.  

Register now for Run Amuck, the MCM's messiest mud and obstacle event featuring four miles of arduous obstacles and plenty of mud on Saturday, June 14. Run Amuck and the scaled down two-mile version of the course, Mini Run Amuck, is appropriately wild fun for rowdy runners (age 8 and up), outrageous athletes and fun-loving families. Run Amuck participants attack the mud trench, lumber through a low crawl and indulge in a super sloppy mud pit, just three of 21 challenges that await participants along the hideously hilly course tucked into the wooden terrain of Marine Corps Base Quantico.