- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon, Other
- Road Race
This is still absolutely my favorite local race. I will continue to do it every year.
Prices are reasonable, it was $100 for the "Challenge" - both the 5K Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday. Your fee comes with 2 tickets to the festival per day, plus your bib for each day is a ticket in. So essentially 6 tickets (@ $5 each, value of $30 right there!) plus the swag is amazing! Great tech tee for the 5K and the medals are so colorful and really high quality. Plus you get a really nice post-run breakfast (eggs, has browns, bacon, muffin, apple sauce, yogurt, banana - yes, really!) AND get to see the hot air balloons and participate in the festival afterwards! The value for what you pay is great and, more importantly, the day itself is just really enjoyable.
The race management is very organized, packet pickup is a breeze, plenty of volunteers to hand out water and Gatorade at aid stations, plenty of really nice volunteers to help you find your way if needed (though parking and navigation is a BREEZE at this location) and PLENTY of CLEAN porta-potties with the little hand-sanitizer stations. All the little details just really make this race enjoyable.
As for the race itself, the 5K elevation isn't anything too notable, it is an out-and-back route which I did not mind at all (3 miles goes by quick either way) and the course is nice. I love the size of this race - not too big (you have space) but not tiny. Just right.
Overall I would recommend this race to anyone and will continue to do it year after year. For what it's worth, this is (so far) my only "tradition" race that I do yearly. Love it!