- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
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The Bellin Women's Half marathon is held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The expo is the day before the race at the KI convention center. It was a little difficult getting to the expo in time, but I made it work. I wished I could have experienced the pre-race dinner and talk, but I heard great things! At the expo there were quite a few vendors selling shoes, apparel, and all sorts of running goodies. When I picked up my packet, I received a pretty green long sleeve and a fun drawstring bag.
The race morning was nice and relaxing. Parking was a breeze. I parked 1 block from the start line. There were plenty of port-o-potties and indoor bathrooms in the conference center. There were about 1000 people running the race, mainly women, and a handful of men. The race was one long loop. We headed straight down a city road for around 6 miles, then ran through a little "uptown" area before running over the bridge. The last 6 miles were straight back down the Fox River trail, next to the river. This was the best part of the run. It was the most scenic and had the most spectators. The course had plenty of aid stations, and very consistent. I also liked that they offered Vaseline and Hammer Gels throughout the course. The course was very flat, making this an ideal route for a PR.
The best part of the race was the finish area. They had photographers taking FREE pictures for you, saving your friends and family the trouble. They announce everyone's name when you cross the finish. Right upon finishing they put a the heat capturing blanket over your shoulders, and handed me a finishers necklace. Then there is a line of at least 10 different vendors offering free goodies to eat and drink. There was yogurt with fruit and granola, chocolate milk, iced tea, strawberry shortcake, brownies, non-alcoholic champaign, dark chocolate bars, and I'm definitely forgetting some stuff. You will not leave hungry. Then there is a post-party area with a DJ and they give you a free beer of your choice! There's also a separate area where you can get a free massage. The post-race perks are the best I've ever seen and you don't have to be a VIP to get them.
I would highly recommend this race to anyone that wants to PR. This would be an ideal race for a women's group who is looking for a fun, fitness weekend away. You won't be disappointed!
Just to recap:
+Flat, Fast course
-No race day packet pickup