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This race was a ton of fun. The organization of the race was well done, and the course was top notch. The buildings of downtown Minneapolis followed by the river combine both visuals of the city that will keep you interested during this shorter race.
It was a point to point, and a net downhill on the first 1.5 miles. This leads towards a very fast start. However, after that first 1.5 miles it slowly goes uphill towards the finish line. It is not a challenging course, but it is fun one.
The Aid Stations:
This was a 5k, so I wasn't expecting much. However, there were two different aid stations on the course. I'm not used to that on 5k races. The only issue was that it was 87-degrees at start, and the second aid station didn't have ice. But ... how can I complain too much? There were two aid stations.
The swag included a very nice shirt, a super cool medal, and a water bottle. For a 5k, again, this is an impressive amount of swag.
After the race is a party with music, food, beer and games. With views of downtown Minneapolis, this party was super fun. It would have been even more fun if I knew more people running it. But either way, it was a good time.
Traffic to the start line is terrible. And it seems as though all of downtown Minneapolis is under construction.
The ice thing from aid station #2. It's small, but it's a thing.
The shuttles back to the start line. There was no organization on how to get the shuttles, so when they showed up, it became a free-for-all on getting on one. I spent 30 minutes waiting for one and more than 30 minutes traveling back to the start line. I literally ran the course quicker than I drove it back.
Those negatives can't ruin a good thing. The race is great, the party is fun. And it's a great way to spend a Wednesday night.