WHAT WAS AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
It really is a nice benchmark for the local runners to gauge where they are in their marathon or half marathon training. The Dick Lytie introduced the 9 mile distance to specifically address the number of half marathoners that wanted to do Dick Lytie but the half and 3 mile distance don't fit their training schedules. The hills are nice challenges for any runner to tackle. If you can tackle the hills with some success, it's a nice confidence boost going into the last quarter of your training cycle. If not, well, the Green Bay Marathon nor half marathon courses challenge you all that much outside of their distances. They don't have clocks on the course, so it's not the most competitive race in the world and has that training run feel to it. It is chip timed and the big clock is still at the end, so there is still that benchmark you can look at the end.
WHAT WASN'T AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
For $28-30, you get what you get. However, it doesn't mean you can phone it in and not have your act together. The t-shirts had a logo from 3 years ago. The awards are the ones from two years ago. Chip timing is supposed to make results go a little quicker. Instead, the clubhouse was full for a full hour while we waited for the 9 mile and half marathon results were going to be finished. Some of these issues were because of over sensitive timing equipment, but I am a little shocked this wasn't figured out before hand. A lot of this would be tolerated a little bit more if the golf course was open for business, which means the bar and restaurant would be operating as well. Then we realized the results they originally posted were wrong. I didn't place and I probably would been my sore loser self and gone home well before I did to keep my wife a lot happier than she was when we left. There was also talk that this race wasn't 13.1 miles but as low as 12.8. 12.8 seems a little low, but there shouldn't be any doubt period, especially a race that has been run as long as this one.
For more about this race, check out my blog: http://tkmarathonman.blogspot.com/2014/04/race-report-dick-lytie-half-marathon.html