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This was a weekend I knew wasn't going to be all about PR's. More about spending time celebrating amazing women, supporting each other and running for a great cause.
Traveling from MN, being able to find hotels/restaurants close to the race start/course is always a plus. We ended up staying right at the Hyatt. And the start line was right outside the hotels front doors. (with the finish line not too far down the block)
The expo took a bit of winding through the hotel and a few directional pointing from hotel staff to find. There were multiple booths offering clothing/last minute race items and additional race swag. Packet pick-up was simple. And after picking up your shirt in the next room, you did have the option to exchange sizes.
It really was a weekend full of events. Pre-race pasta dinner was provided to runners, and the guest speaker was so wonderful.
There was nothing amazing about the course. In all honesty, it was really industrial and until the final miles you didn't even see the river. But in terms of elevation difficulty. It was nearly pancake flat and an easy 13.1.
Because it is such a small race. Supporters are rare along the entire course. But the ones who were out there really gave it there all. Music, fruit snacks, cow bells and high-fives from little ones who literally made multiple stops along the entire course and cheered everyone on! It was the coolest thing to see the same few families almost the entire 13miles!!
FREE PICS!! Can you really beat FREE? The photographers did an amazing job and the pics turned out great. I love races that offer free pics and let everyone have an opportunity to showcase their race. Well done to the multiple photogs out there. Well done!
The race shirt was a pink long-sleeve tshirt with a hood. Very cute and nice quality. The finisher medal was not a "medal" but rather a necklace/keychain. Which to me is great. Its a unique race, so even the swag is unique and I appreciate that. (the top female finishers earned medals for their amazing efforts)
The post-race treats were AWESOME! ALL THE PINK! Between the veggie/hummus wrap, pink lemonade, cookies, strawberry shortcake, free beer. Yes please! Loved it all.
If you are looking for a small town race feel, with amazing women (and even a few men who came out and ran just to support) this is the race for you, I would love to come back and race this again. So fun!