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ExtraCat FIRST-TIMER '16

There is a creepy long unlit tunnel in the first mile. Wear a headlamp and watch your footing. The ground is uneven in the tunnel and there are puddles. The … MORE

There is a creepy long unlit tunnel in the first mile. Wear a headlamp and watch your footing. The ground is uneven in the tunnel and there are puddles.
The course is gorgeous! Not a car or building to be seen the entire 26.2 miles. Since the course is remote there are not enough bathrooms (but plenty of bushes!) and not enough water stations. Carry water and wear sturdy soled shoes, the gravel will take a toll on your feet. And then just enjoy the blissful downhill grade!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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lap9197 FIRST-TIMER '17

This race was difficult in the fact that the scenery you expect to see while running in Hawaii was not there. Never went by the water and spent about half … MORE

This race was difficult in the fact that the scenery you expect to see while running in Hawaii was not there. Never went by the water and spent about half of the race running through the lava fields. Outside of that it was great. Volunteers were plenty and supplied enough water and Gatorade throughout. (This was my concern going in based on other reviews. It appears the race leadership has addressed that issue.) The only real thing I did not like was where the 5k & quarter marathon turned around onto the half marathon and marathon course. That was very chaotic and with lots of people walking and not looking out for the incoming runners.

The shirt was a wicking race shirt they had women’s and men’s options. They did allow you to switch your shirt at the race if it didn’t fit or you didn’t like a v-neck, etc at the finisher’s area. Shirts ran a little large.

I think this group put on a great race. For me, it was more about running in Hawaii and I wasn’t disappointed except that I never saw the water during my run. The Race Director is great, she makes the race one to remember. I had a question that I submitted to the general email and the race director called me and discussed it. In conversation she inquired as to why I would go all that way to run in Hawaii. I explained my goal of a 1/2 or greater in all 50 states + DC. She told me to notify her in May how many I would have when I finished Hawaii so I did and she told me to find her at the finish. For all runners doing the 50 state challenges (If she knew about it) she had your bib done to signify the number of your half or full (ie #37 for 37th full or #1037 for 37th half), on the towel that they list all runners names they put “Congratulations 37 + my name) and finally she had painted tiles made with an engraved plaque with the race name and the numbered state you had completed. All above what I ever expected in the swag area.

If you find yourself running in Hawaii look this race up and check them out. They also offer a discount sometime in December for $15 off the entrance fee. Just keep an eye out for it during the first tier of pricing.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
1
SWAG
5

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KiraH REPEAT RUNNER '14

2014 was my second time running this half marathon. Race production was just fine, except not nearly enough port-a-potties at the start. People were hopping the fence and peeing in … MORE

2014 was my second time running this half marathon. Race production was just fine, except not nearly enough port-a-potties at the start. People were hopping the fence and peeing in the golf course or having to start well after the race began. The course takes you from Teton Village to Jackson Hole, so of course the views are amazing. I believe it is net downhill. The volunteers were fantastic and enthusiastic, particularly at the end, where there was food and drink waiting, along with medals. The tshirt wasn’t great; it was cotton and covered in ads for the various race sponsors. I didn’t bother taking one.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
My Report
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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