2017 was my second time running this race and I forgot how much I liked this course. This race is known for it's hilly course, so that didn't come as a surprise to me. It is actually why I signed up for the race. I LOVE running hills!
This year's race was a lot bigger than when I ran it in 2014. Not only was there the Sun Run (aka Chicken Run) but there was also the Fair Oaks Fiesta - so lots of actives and food post run if you wanted to have some fun post race. As I said, this race is known for the hills - they even have names: Grand Daddy, Hernia Hill, The Beast, and the Last Gasp. Don't let the names or thoughts of hills scare you; yes it is challenging but it is also a lot of fun. Fair Oaks is a beautiful community and the race is put on by Capital Road Race Management, who always put on a good race. New this year was medals for all of the finishers - great for all those people that run for the medals!
The middle of the race has a nice little break from the hills, so it is a good chance to catch your breath and check out the views. There was definitely more of the community out this year cheering you on, which always helps. If you want a challenge sign up for this race! It is also a good training run if you're going to be running a longer, hillier course.