I registered for this race as a team member so I don't know anything about packet pick up, my team captain picked them all up for us.
I switched from the 5k to the 8k the week of the race with no problem, the RD was super helpful and polite.
Parking on race morning was easy and plentiful and they had a lot of businesses with tables set up. Music was playing and they had very organized team areas so you could meet up for a group photo. The bag came with your bib and tee, plus lots of locals coupons and an ice pack, the kind with the little beads inside.
The race started on time after a prayer and the anthem. I love living in the south!
The course was like a maze, but a very organized maze. We started before the 5k, which started about 15 minutes after. We shared the course, but the 8k did an extra loop. Volunteers were very good at keeping everyone going the right way. There was water at mile 2 and 4, and the cups were super full which was nice.
At the finish you were given your bling, then you passed tables full of bagels, granola bars, cheese crackers, and finally water. The water should have been first, but that's my only minor complaint. There was also Gatorade and plenty to be had!
There was a little chaos with the awards, but our team won largest team and fastest team!
It was a fun race, definitely one to do again, especially since I scored a 5 minute PR!