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@kjkranz

Rapid City, SD Raving since 2016 KyleKranz.com Active 4 years, 7 months ago

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    SKORA Running, Black Hills Runners Club

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Race Distance Location Date Result
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE Nov 6, 2016 1:23:30

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Past Races (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Lincoln, NE Nov 6, 2016 1:23:30
Half Marathon Deadwood, SD Jun 5, 2016 1:28:00
Half Marathon Fargo, ND May 21, 2016 1:25:20

My Raves

This is one of the later in the year midwest half marathons, which is why I did it. I was able to run the Crazy Horse Half in October and … MORE

This is one of the later in the year midwest half marathons, which is why I did it. I was able to run the Crazy Horse Half in October and then have a month to recover and sharpen back up for this Halfsy.

If you meet specific time standards you can get in to this event after it fills up, which is what I did.

I cannot say enough good things about this event. I LOVE the branding and marketing behind it. Pink Gorilla does a GREAT job really showing their passion for what they do. The social media is fantastic, the swag is some of the best I’ve ever seen, even just their colors, designs, etc etc is all SO well done.

As for the race itself. Packet pickup was a breeze. The starting area had plenty of parking and portapotties. We had an unseasonably warm day for Novemeber but if it was a typical November morning it would have been a very cold wait at the starting area. Luckily the cars are very very close by so you could wait in there if necessary. I gave some volunteers my drop back and was easily able to retrieve it at the finish.

The course goes all throughout Lincoln, but I honestly don’t remember much of it. I know very little about the town so it was all just…town to me. Nothing much to see, but I was not really paying attention anyway 😉 There does seem to be constant crowd support and the aid stations were great. The first 5k has a few hills and if you’re a flatlander you’ll notice them. The middle 10k is sort of rolling but nothing drastic and this is where the race’s net downhill takes place BUT you don’t really feel it since it’s a rolling net downhill. The final 5k is fairly flat but there’s a pretty steep uphill finish. You can see the stadium for a little bit off so you know when you’re close but you have to climb that darn bridge to get to the finish!

The buses start going shortly after the first 100 people come in, so even if you finish up front you won’t have to wait long to get back to your car.

Oh, and they provided free race photos!!!

DIFFICULTY
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PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
2
SWAG
5
My Media

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It's downhill and on gravel. While normally such a downhill route would be super fast, the gravel acts as an equalizer. Also, this much downhill is going to wreck your … MORE

It’s downhill and on gravel. While normally such a downhill route would be super fast, the gravel acts as an equalizer. Also, this much downhill is going to wreck your quads.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
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I can't really say much in the way of negative thoughts towards this race. Starting and ending in the Fargodome was nice since it kept us out of the sun … MORE

I can’t really say much in the way of negative thoughts towards this race.

Starting and ending in the Fargodome was nice since it kept us out of the sun and any potential poor weather (which there was none). We drove to the dome and there was plenty of parking, however there are also multiple transport locations in town near hotels for to bus runners in.

The course is incredibly flat, there was plenty of shade, always at least a few spectators around.

If you need a ND race to check off your list or are just looking for a fast half/full, this is a great option!

Only not super parts of the race: Starting indoors, many people worries about getting a GPS signal. I used my phone so did not have this problem. The swag is better than your horrible ugly cotton shirt, it’s a nice tech top, but the design/logo is a bit bland. Expo was fine. It’s not a Portland/Seattle sized race, so they did well. Scheels sets up a huge area to purchase anything you may have forgotten. Finally, the only relied on the bathrooms at the FargoDome, which was not adequate for the thousands of runners that day.

DIFFICULTY
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SCENERY
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SWAG
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