East Walnut Hills is Miles 8 – 9 of the full and half marathon courses. The interesting and important aspect of this section is that the full and the half marathon course will split in East Walnut Hills at the intersection of Madison Road and Woodburn Ave, also known as DeSales Corner.
About half a mile and after a few turns after departing Eden Park, the full and half marathoners will notice St. Ursula Academy and Convent on the right side of the road. They have now reached the highest point on the course and deserve a round of applause! Be sure to remind them “It is all downhill from here!” (Well, not quite, but it is all NET downhill from here) Expect lots of fellow spectators and excitement in this beautiful neighborhood. Merging onto Woodburn Avenue after passing St Ursula, the pack will approach “The Split” – a right on Madison Avenue for the full marathoners and a left on Madison for the half marathoners as they head back to the finish line.
The next highlight of the marathon course is a wonderful treat for the marathoners. About half a mile down Madison from the split, the faithful group of nursing home residents and staff of St. Margaret Hall will be there, rain or shine. They have been out cheering and ringing bells for the runners in every edition of the Flying Pig.
Suggested Viewing Spots
- St Ursula Academy
- DeSales Corner Plaza
- St Margaret Hall