• Lexington,
    United States
  • May
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Kelsey Assel

Illinois, United States
1 6
"Beautiful Scenery"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Kelsey Assel's thoughts:

The Horse Capital Half Marathon was a smaller race, but it provided the runner with amazing views of rolling Kentucky countryside.

The T-shirts provided were light and comfortable, and I loved the medal- it is very pretty.

The aid stations were well-stocked and well spread out. They seemed to have enough portable restrooms, because though there were lines at all of them, they never seemed to be very long. One thing I did notice was that there weren't a lot of volunteers, and the ones that were there to guide us were not very enthusiastic- but I don't really blame the race management for that.

The course was VERY scenic and beautiful. Probably the most visually pleasing race I've run in thus far. Everything was green and pretty, and it was great to be surrounded by so much nature. We were able to run next to paddocks with horses, and on stone bridges over gentle creeks.

At least at the time I went, the expo was completely empty. I was seriously the only racer in the building. This was great, of course, because I didn't have to wait in any lines! I just wonder if maybe it was so empty because the race was smaller, and there weren't very many participants? I'm not sure.

The race did have quite a few hills and just a little bit of rocky terrain toward the end. I recommend that anyone training for this race should invest in a little bit of hill training to prepare for it!

Parking was great - it started at a place called Fasig Tipton, and while I'm not sure what the purpose of that building is, it has a TON of parking just a few hundred meters away from the starting point.

The race was pretty well managed and organized. I've been to races that provide more information a few days before the race, whereas I don't feel like I got that for this race, but I still felt pretty prepared leading up to the race.

One thing I didn't like was that the course took place only on country roads, so there were no spectator corrals. In the past, I've really been energized by being able to see friends and family who've come to cheer me on, but for this race that wasn't possible.

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