• Leesburg,
    Virginia,
    United States
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

Sarah Pontician

Bowie, Maryland, United States
0 3
2016
"Hilly and hot!"
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Sarah Pontician's thoughts:

This race deserves a run... once (in my opinion). It's on the pricier side for me, so I probably won't be running it again, but for you it might be perfect!

You had to pickup your packet before the race, unless you wanted to pay for race day pickup. This is a downside to me since I live ~1 hour away from the race site. I did like to expo on Friday - although it was small, there were a few good vendors and I ended up purchasing a medal hanger that I had had my eye on for a while.

Race morning I parked at a local high school to take the shuttle to the race site. This went smoothly, but the shuttle ride was probably ~20-25 minutes, and then there was a 5-10 minute walk from where to shuttle dropped us off to the start area. This walk was very very poorly lit (aka. not at all).

The race was HOT and I carried my own hydration pack, so I can't really comment on the aid stations as I didn't utilize them. The race very fairly hilly, but not enough that it should deter anyone from running it - just be prepared! Some neighborhood running, some back country road running (which I love - so scenic!). The finish line is nice - they give you boas and tiaras right before you cross it - and there's some wine to be sampled. I didn't sample the wine, as the line was very long and I was so dehydrated from the heat!

One more negative in my book - once I finished I had to walk ~10-15 minutes back to the shuttles and it was a 20-25 minute ride back to where I had parked. After a long run in the heat that was the last thing I wanted to do.

All in all, I would recommend you give this race a shot! Maybe you'll love it and I think a lot of my opinion is due to the heat the day I ran it so don't let me throw you off!

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