How will I come around the mountain?

For some reason when I think of this weekend's Blue Ridge Half Marathon, I think of this song (and yes, this is the cheesiest of the cheesy versions I could find):

But in all seriousness, I'm really looking forward to this event. Besides a one-mile race in 2006, I'm pretty sure I haven't been a part of any other inaugural events. I also am rarely impressed by an event until it happens, but so far I like what I've seen from race officials. The communication online through their website, Facebook and Twitter have been impressive, as well as the media stories I referred to in my post yesterday. I am often frustrated that races don't use social media tools to build a buzz around their race. For this being a smaller race, they've already done more than what I've seen from Shamrock.

It's impossible for me to come up with a goal time for this race. With an elevation gain of nearly 1,400 feet with a mostly uphill first 5 miles, I've never done anything like this. 1:50? Two hours? Or is 1:45ish realistic? Will I be able to fly downhill after painful uphill miles? I don't know. It's just something I'll have to figure out once it starts. Or figure out after it's over and try again next year. No matter what, it'll be a course record. A PR is completely out of the question on this one.