- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, 50 miles
- Road Race
I traveled down from Ohio for this race to run with my sister. First off, expo was just okay, mainly just stores selling discounted stuff. It was an easy in and out as far as getting our bibs and packet and shirts, no lines and plenty of volunteers.
Race day, we were able to get downtown without too much traffic and plenty of parking near the start line. It was a little cooler out and breezy that morning so we were able to duck into one of the buildings around before the start. Did not wait long for a porta porty at all either. We jumped out of the building with about 10 mins to start and walked right into a roomy corral. Definitely not smashed in like sardines as usually expected at these bigger races. They put about 4 minutes between corrals to keep the congestion down.
A nice downhill start to the race. I was holding back to brace for the uphill at mile 9, but it wasn't as bad as I was anticipating. Still a tough hill, I just way over estimated its steepness based on the elevation map. I loved running thru the stockyards. The crowd support was somewhat clustered to certain spots on the course, but plenty of other runners out to keep you company.
At the finish line they announced names as we came in. We collected our medals, got a mylar blanket, then finisher's jacket (it was like a paper fabric of some sort) then went in for post race food of the usual fruit and granola bars, then ice cream and soup! We grabbed our finishers t-shirt and headed out to the beer tent where we got 2 pretty large Miller Lights each.
Easy walk back to the car and access to the freeway as they started opening up part of the streets as the race thinned out and moved them down to 1 lane.
Great experience definitely recommend!