The Texas Big Star Half may have taken place in Spring but it was quite the winter atmosphere.
Starting race temperature was in the low 30's and it definitely affected the turnout. I had heard from previous year's racers that this was a really fun race with a good turnout. They weren't wrong. The turnout considering the freezing temperatures was actually really good and race management did their very best to keep people smiling. Smile we did.
Lets back it up to the packet pick-up. There was no expo for this race, which I didn't necessarily mind because the race was taking place nearly 40 miles from my home and driving all the way there and spending any amount of time at an expo would've made for a really long night on race week. They did actually offer several different packet pick-up locations during the week leading up to the week, which I think was a really good way to try and cater to the racers. The race shirt is high quality and I still use it very frequently. The swag bag had some recovery tools and a very nice multi function headwear that has come in handy since the race.
Now we go back to race day. The race took place at Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco, TX and the parking was in lots adjacent to the start line. It was seemingly plentiful and getting in and out after the race was actually quite easy.
Pre-race stretching was lively and definitely kept people distracted from the cold and there were plentiful bathrooms near the start line. I point that out because we all know how important that is.
The course itself was not too challenging. There were a few very flat stretches and some long rolling hills as well. Once the sun came up it was actually a gorgeous day for a race. Bathrooms and aid stations were well positioned and the volunteers were working hard. Considering how difficult it was at some points to park and watch along the course there were actually ample spectators and they did a very good job making us all feel the love.
This ended up being a 13.1 race PR for me and the finisher's medal made it seem even that much sweeter.