Half Fanatics

When I first started distance running, I started hearing people talk about Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs.  So I started doing some research.  And I came to two conclusions.

  1. These people are CRAZY.
  2. I must join them.

I didn’t start thinking about joining until after my first half marathon.  I already had a second scheduled for the following month, and to qualify for Half Fanatics at the lowest level, I just had to get in a third race within 90 days.  Clearly, I was going to do it.

And I did, and in 2010, I became Half Fanatic #622.   As of this writing, there are over 2800 Half Fanatics and the number is growing every week.

But why would I want to join a group like this?  Camaraderie, for one.  I have met Half Fanatics at races all around the country.  I’ve met others online.  We’re always up for sharing tips about races, discounts for race registrations and hotels, anything we can do to further the sport.

But once you’re in, what next?

Oh, this is the joy of Half Fanatics.  There are 9 levels in Half Fanatics, represented by the number of moons.  Each level has different criteria, and as you can imagine, the more moons, the harder the criteria.  When I started, I only had one moon, so I was on Neptune.  I stayed there for quite some time, then realized that my Winter 2011/Spring 2012 (insane) half marathon schedule was going to get me two moons – Uranus –  because I would be running 6 halfs in 6 months.  From there, I quickly jumped to three moons – Saturn – when I ran 4 halfs in 4 states in under 51 days.

I’m not sure when I will move up again.  Right now, that’s not the goal.  But it’s nice to know that I have the option of that goal in the future.

One thing I love about Half Fanatics is that it’s something that a slow runner like me can accomplish.  The only pace rules that Half Fanatics (and Marathon Maniacs) has is that you have to get an official time in the list of race finishers.  That’s it!  Just finish within the time allotted.

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