This is the second year for this half marathon in Huntsville, AL. I worked this race the first year and ran it this year. In both cases, it is quite clear that Suzanne and Dink Taylor, the race directors, know how to put on a race. From the selection of the race location, which offers easy access to ample parking, a great location for the finish (finishing on a bridge inside the outdoor Bridge Street Mall), a large research park to hold the race with little traffic on a Sunday morning, and a nice venue for post race snacks and awards, this race is a nice, somewhat low-key, half marathon. I see this race growing bigger each and every year.
The course is essentially flat, with just a couple minor hills. If you want fan support the whole way, you will not get that here, but I don't need that. The aid stations were frequent and well staffed. The turns and intersections were all covered well so that there was never a time that I felt unsafe approaching an intersection.
The finishing medal was great - a nice, large medal with a great design to showcase the location/finish of the race.
The post race swag was very nice. The normal fruit, bagels, etc., was all there and in addition ice cream sandwiches and chocolate milk. Also, one of the local restaurant/bar in Bridge Street gave every runner coupons for a free breakfast sandwich and also a free beer! Sweeet!
The race awards included a nice beach towel with the race logo on it. Finally! Races are starting to realize that not everyone wants trophies to put on a shelf.
All in all, this is a great race that I recommend to anyone wanting a half to fill in their racing schedules. Look me up if you come to run next year!