Four miles on the 4th of july- sounds like a great way to start off Independence day, right? I ran this race because my cousins, who live in the area, suggested it, and I'm so glad that they did! One of my cousins picked up the race packets, so I have no way to say how the expo actually was. The shirt that came with the race was amazing, and I wore it weekly the rest of the summer, and will likely pull it out again for the 4th next year! I'll break it down by category:
Parking/Access: SUPER easy! There were several parking lots at businesses close to the race start that were open for parking, which made it easy that morning! We parked and walked about 4 minutes to the starting line- no big deal!
Starting Line: Nothing special. There were no corrals (it was a smaller race) so it's chaotic with runners and strollers and walkers mixed together. It was fun to see everyone's patriotic colors and flags though!
Race Course: The course ran past businesses and through a few neighborhoods. It wasn't anything special, but the roads were wide, it didn't feel too congested, and it was scenic enough. I think there was one water stop, although I had brought my handheld filled with nuun and drank that along the way (good thing too since it was so hot!).
Finish Line: On a downhill slope! They were playing patriotic music and had lots of free snacks and drinks afterwards, as well as a few food vendors. The finish line was pretty impressive for a smaller race, and i loved the medals as well.
This race was an ideal way to start off the 4th of July. The race was big enough to be well managed and regulated, but small enough that I didn't have to get there too early or deal with pre-race stresses with logistics. I'd definitely run this race again if I was in town for the 4th.