- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
Disclaimer: I received a free bib to this race.
Hills have been something that I've been nervous about running, especially since I don't have hills to train on... which made me especially nervous about RnR ST. Louis. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised! I'll break this race into categories:
Parking/Packet Pick up: I stayed at the Drury Inn right by the Arch, and parking was $14 for the weekend- not to bad! I walked to the expo from there (it was under 2 miles), and the walk was easy. The expo went smoothly. It was a bit small, but that was fine. I purchased a few necessary things at the expo as well, so I was thankful.
Starting Line: EPIC. The starting line looked up at the Arch, and the sun was rising over the starting line and arch, which was absolutely gorgeous. Gear check want smoothly, and they had so many portapotties that I only had to wait a few minutes to go before hopping in my corral. They had music playing and the entire thing flew by.
Race Course: ALL THE HILLS. There didn't seem to be too many flat parts of this course, but surprisingly my body did just fine with it overall. We ran by the Cardinals Stadium, by SLU, past the Botanical Gardens, and through some absolutely gorgeous neighborhoods. The changing leaves on the tree lined streets made for some fantastic scenery. There were a LOT of water and gatorade stations on the course, which was fantastic. There were also people along the course handing out twizzlers and kleenex, which was fantastic. Portapotties were also well spread out along the course and most of them didn't have lines that were too long. I really did love the course!
Finish Line: The finish line was at the bottom of a slight decline and had the arch in the background as well, which made for a fantastic finish! They had the heat sheets since it was a chillier day, and they also passed out full bottles of water, gatorade, bananas, pretzels, and chips, as well as the medals! They had food trucks and more merchandise from the race that you could buy (I wish I had brought money with me!), as well as a concert at the finish line. It was well organized.
The race communications were fantastic leading up to the race, and there were no questions left unanswered as I entered race day. I would absolutely run this race again!