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CDR's Capital Punishment Hill Tests Even The Most Fit Runners

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Legs will be churning and lungs will be burning soon as runners tackle one of the biggest challenges and signature parts of the course in the Charleston Distance Run - Capital Punishment Hill.

The one-mile climb up U.S. 119 (Corridor G) comes at about the four-mile mark of America's 15 Miler and features an elevation gain of 600 feet, challenging the legs and lungs of the most experienced racers. Runners don't get much relief after they crest the hill. The course rolls through the South Hills before competitors take the severe plummet down Loudon Heights Road and then travel the flat, last half part of the course to get to the finish at Laidley Field.

On any given day, runners can be seen tackling Capital Punishment Hill as they prepare for this year's Charleston Distance Run, scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, on Kanawha Boulevard across from the West Virginia Capitol.

If the hills of the CDR and the 15-mile distance of the capital city tradition seem out of your reach, the race also offers participants other distances that fit all ability levels. A three-person, 15-mile relay is offered with competitors splitting the distance into legs of three, five and seven miles. There also is a 5K run (3.1 miles) and a 5K walk and a 10K walk (6.2 miles).

For a description of the 15-mile course, click here.

More information about the race, including a registration link, history, list of past winners and past race videos, can be found here.

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