This is a small half marathon and 5k in Southern Illinois, just across the river from Vincennes, Indiana. I was coming in from out of town, so race day packet pick up was a great option. There was no expo per se, but you got a long sleeve shirt as well as a bag with the race logo on both. I was able to park pretty much right at the start/finish line area due to the smaller size of the race and traffic is not an issue. The 5k course stayed in town while the half marathon course went out into the country. The half marathon course was not particularly scenic. We ran down country roads, by farms, and then on a rock road by oil rigs but there were water stops and volunteers throughout the entire course and they were very vocal and happy to be there, which made it a great race. The finish line is on the junior high/high school track and since the race is fairly small, expect a lot of cheering when you cross and then minutes before you hear cheering for the next runner. I was given food right at the finish but a full breakfast awaited you inside. It was amazing and included: pancakes, sausage, yogurt, biscuits, and gravy. Serving breakfast and cleaning up were more volunteers who wanted to hear your story and why you made the journey to Lawrenceville, IL for a race.
Overall: A small-town race where you are treated like family.
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