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This was my 2nd year and my husband's first doing the CLE Half and we are already signed up for next year we love it so much! We did the costume thing (Brownie the Elf and Manziel Money) this year and the response from the other runners and the spectators made it extra fun.
The course is easy and unless you live in Northern Ohio, ChicagoLand or somewhere just as flat, it is NOT hilly. The areas along the Lake are the prettiest. I wish they would have us run along it longer. I also kinda missed not starting by the stadium this year and watching the sunrise over the Lake before the start, but the course changes were largely for the best. I loved the new location of the finish and after party. However, gear check was in a confusing location and the starting line was chaotic with spectators blocking the route to our corral. I do not think the course was overcrowded though.
While there are areas with few to no spectators, you never go far without crowd support, and the aide stations are run well with helpful, encouraging volunteers. The best is the food at the finish line! I LOVE the real fruit popsicles and they have many other quality snacks to choose from. I think they even do better than Chicago on this. The after party is fun too, especially after picking up all the fallen beer tickets along the course!
I definitely recommend this race.