Brewers Mini Marathon
Brewers Mini Marathon( 16 reviews )
- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
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Kim MavesChicago, Illinois, United States
I ran the Brewers Mini the first year and came back to run it as a training run for the NYC Marathon.
Registration was pretty easy and straightforward. We received a lot of race communication pre race. The main challenge was finding a course elevation map online.
It was packet pickup. Unfortunately they ran out of small shirts by the time I got my bib. There were a few vendors of other local races. The Brewers clubhouse also had a sale going on. Which was pretty smart on their end. I snagged a long sleeve New Balance shirt for $10.
I was running late and parking was a little slow, plus there was construction that started overnight that night to get into Milwaukee. They delayed the start of the race by about 10 minutes to accommodate for runners. I did a quick warm up and hopped into my corral.
The race was pretty well managed. The course is so hard and non stop hills. I got stuck running alone and trapped in long straightaways into the headwind. It was still fun though. I enjoyed running through Miller Park. Since the Brewers are my team it is fun to have Brewers themed swag.
I also happened to win an age group award which was a really nice trophy they engraved for me.
There were plenty of bathrooms and post race snacks. I didn't go to the post race event because I wanted to go home. It was perfect running weather.
What could be improved. Aid stations, hands down. Probably near the bottom of quality of aid stations for larger races I've done. There were multiple times in the beginning of the race where runners needed to run away from the main course to grab a cup. There was no consistency of which came first water or gatorade. Volunteers were pretty good, but logistically it was a pain for runners. I think for the most part when I rolled through they had just enough people for my pace group (sub 1:40), but I have a feeling later runners would have struggled to grab water etc at the aid stations
If I'm ever going to be critical on something it's going to be the aid station at a race.