Aside from my own personal less-than-objective view of the race, I've heard lots of other people who keep coming back to the Charity Chase because it's just a great race -- very organized, not too big yet not too small, hilly but challenging and beautiful course, great water stops and volunteers, cool finisher medals and age group awards, and lots of good stuff to eat afterwards.
The beginning of June is normally a little late for a half marathon, but there are those of us (including me) who try to run a half marathon every month of the year, and this fits our schedule nicely. Two years ago it was a scorcher, with warm and muggy temperatures from beginning to end with the temperature approaching about 80 at the end of the race. By contrast, today's race was seasonably cool after a cold front pushed through on Friday night. I'm a little odd in my dislike of cold temperatures and with the hourly forecast calling for a temperature of only about 60 degrees when I finished running, I opted to wear an UnderArmour ColdGear shirt under my singlet and I never was uncomfortable.
This year I managed to improve from last year's time by about 3 minutes, finishing in 1:38:50, the first time I've been under 1:40 at the Charity Chase. That was 39th overall and 1st place in the 60-64 age group.