- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Trail Race
- Event Website
I admit, the Mermaid Series race initially drew me in because of the super cute race shirts (the only race shirt I was actually excited to wear afterwards) and the fact that they give out cute necklaces vs. medals to all finishers. In hindsight, I now wish they gave out a medal with a removable charm (much like the women's running series medals) but that's ok.
This is a small race so there was no pre race expo. You could pick up your number ahead of time if you wanted, but the day of was no problem. There were maybe about 150 women total running the half. There were more there running 5 and 10ks and they even had a race for younger girls called the mini mermaid dash. So the entire feel of the race was very positive girl power.
The race was along the canal at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. Parking was a little scarce, but we got there early so didn't have a problem. The canal was not closed to other pedestrians, so my main complaint was that there were still bikers, grandmas in strollers, etc that we had to navigate around on a sidewalk, while racing!! I thought that was a little crazy not to mention dangerous! The course itself was basic and a little boring. Out and back along the canal. There was not much crowd support but then again it was a smaller race.
All in all a good solid easy to get to race, the only (major) drawback is the fact that canal still stayed open to the public, which I felt was a hazard.