The Princeton Half Marathon. America’s Smartest Race

Maybe this race didn’t have the exposure or national attention that some other marathons had this weekend, but the passion and the effort of the runners was equally unrelenting. The HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon took place this Sunday through a breathtaking Autumn course. Despite cold temperatures, brutal wind and the sobering hills of Princeton, spirits remained high and both winners notched PR’s.

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The view from Nassau Street. The runners are catching their wits after the long hill on Washington Ave.

The Men’s race was won by Laurent White, a Flemington resident originally from Belguim. White took the tape in an impressive time of 1:18:29. The time marked a course record as well as a PR for him. We caught up with him to get his thoughts as he caught his breathe. White noted “The course was beautiful. So scenic. I especially loved the part near the Institute for Advanced Study.” White, also a triathlete, was familiar with Princeton’s hills, having also done his post-doc work here.

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Meghan Bruce flashes a million dollar smile as she chats it up with RunJersey.com.

Equally impressive was the performance turned in by Meghan Bruce. Bruce notched her PR of 1:29:30 on very familiar soil. The former TCNJ stand-out, who currently works at The Princeton Running Company on Nassau Street was all smiles after her performance. Sharing her thoughts, Meghan noted “It was awesome! The course was great. We passed through all the great parts of Princeton including the battlefield & the school.”

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One of a handful of great signs from the spirited supporters.

The crowd was in great spirits for what is likely The World’s Smartest Marathon, due to its intellectually charged setting. HiTOPS Executive Director, Elizabeth Casparian told us that the race was filled up this year as 1250 runners participated. She was appreciative of all the athletes and also expressed how thankful she was for the spirited crowd. We certainly agree. Hats off to all the runners for battling the weather, the wind & the hills; You are amazing!!!

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