- 3 miles/5K, 10 miles, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Trail Race
This race was a challenge, due to the weather. It was about 34 degrees and mid way through the race it started sleeting. It was a big day for me though, since I got a half marathon PR by 20 minutes!!! So this will always be a race that I remember!
The course was and out and back on a bike/running trail. So it was well taken care of and pretty flat, which is great for a PR. There wasn't much for cheering stations, since it was hard for people to get on the course and because it was so bitter cold. They had water stations every 2 miles which was nice, and it was easy to navigate since you never got off the trail. I wasn't a huge fan of the bridges, because they would the older wood style but this is really a me issue, and with the rain they were a little slick on the way back. The starting line is very narrow but they did a pretty good job of getting people through, with some congestion.
This was a well organized race that was done by the same great people that put on the Nebraska Marathon. Packet pick- up the day before was easy and at a local running store that is in the middle of town. We received a great "warning" email with what would happen if they had to postpone the race, since there was a chance of bad weather. I made it to the race and finding the starting line was super easy. They also did a great job of sticking it out for us, slower runners, and making sure that we didn't feel like everyone had left when we finished. I was met with a great staff of volunteers at the finishing line and even had this amazing video put on Athlinks for me to download.
Value is where this race really shines! It was only $35 for the half marathon entry and I received a GREAT shirt and medal. I think this is a great PR half or a training half since it is a great deal. They also had a 5k or 10 mile option!