Several different distances were available to choose from (1K, 4K, 8K, and 17K). This race is promoted as a fun (yet timed) run and costumes are encouraged. Dogs are also encouraged to show up, dress up, and race.
There were several issues with this course. First, the start time listed on the website and sent in confirmation emails, did not match. When it was time for the race to start, it was not announced which distance was starting. Several 8K runners ended up starting before the gun, with the 17K runners.
The start of the race was pleasant and flat, with the first bathroom and aid station at mile 2. When asked where the next bathroom stop was, a volunteer said 2 more miles. With this information, several runners passed on the first bathroom/water stop. After several miles of running, it became clear that there was not a bathroom aid station at mile 4. In fact, it was not until mile 7. Many of the runners were in desperate need of the bathroom long before that time.
There were too few water stations for such a long course. Many of the runners were dressed in costumes or festive outfits, and the morning heated up very quickly. This made for a rather uncomfortable 10.5 mile run.
The second half of the course contained a large amount of rolling hills, yet the water stations were still sparse. Many runners resorted to walking, due to the lack of bathroom facilities or water. I did bring a hand-held 8oz water, which was empty before reaching the next water station several times.
The were very few volunteers monitoring the course, and none of the volunteers knew where the other aid stations were located. Even after completing the race, it was difficult to locate any volunteers with information.
Overall, this race was challenging due to the sparse availability of water and bathrooms. It was poorly managed and organized. Hopefully, some of these issues will be addressed for next year's race, however I think I will pass on this 17K race in future years.