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This is the first time I have raced the Capital City Classic 10 miler. The weather was great. It was about 58 degrees at the start with almost no wind. The race was fairly flat, with the exception of a few hills to get up and down the levees. It crosses the beautiful Tower Bridge in Sacramento twice and was really cool because as you are starting the race and cross the bridge, you see the Capitol building ahead of you.
You start in West Sacramento at Riverfront Park. They had about 20 port-o-potties, a sweat check, and a packet pickup line that only had one to two people in it at a time. You could even register that morning, I believe. There were bike paths for you to warm up and parking was a breeze, especially if you got there about an hour early. For those who came about a half hour before the race, there was plenty of parking, but it required a short walk.
The race started on time and the race directions were clear. They announced the route for the first mile or so, which was nice. We started with a left turn and proceeded about a half mile before we turned onto the Tower bridge. After the bridge you turn right and follow the bike trail along the levee. There were a few out and backs along the course and there were a few hills, but nothing terrible. The aid stations were spread out about every 2 miles, which was perfect and they were all stocked with Gatorade and water.
On the way back, with about 2 miles to go, you cross the Tower Bridge again and run along the other side of the river near Raley Field. There is one last hill with about 1/4 mile to go and you finish on the bike path above Riverfront Park.
The one complaint would be that there were no pacers. Other than that it was a great race and I will be back again next year. I was able to place 3rd in my age group (which was my first time placing). There were plenty of Corn Thins, Lara Bars, Bagles (with PB or Cream Cheese), Oranges, Bananas, and waters at the park.
I would definitely recommend this race! The views were awesome and A Change of Pace always puts on a great race.