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KatieD FIRST-TIMER '15

I read good things about this race, and they are true. This is a good size race, small enough that you never feel crowded but large enough so that you … MORE

I read good things about this race, and they are true. This is a good size race, small enough that you never feel crowded but large enough so that you do not feel alone on the course. The volunteers were plentiful and they were enthusiastic.

There are 3 races that start at the same time, half marathon, 20 miler, and full marathon. There are no assigned corrals, line up is done by pace. There is a slight wave start, about 100 runners are allowed to start at a time with a short pause in between.

The beginning of the race is on a 2 lane street that is closed to traffic, and some side streets that are also closed. Eventually you run primarily on the paved bike path along the Fox River. Beautiful scenery; St Charles, Geneva, and Batavia are nice small towns. The turnaround for the Half is clearly marked. The course is fairly flat, about 173 ft of elevation according to my Garmin.

There are a few “odd loops” that are thrown in. The final one, which only the Half runners do, is right before the finish. There are a lot of volunteers pointing the way, which is a good thing, because it is a bit confusing, especially when you are exhausted. 🙂

Water stops were plentiful and well-manned. The race shirt was a very nice long sleeve tech shirt and the finisher medal is huge and is very attractive. There was mac n cheese, bread pudding, and barbecued beef at the finish. No beer though, which seems a little odd for a race. 🙂

The weather was perfect for running and it was a very enjoyable experience all around. I am considering going back to run the full marathon!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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dougiefres1 FIRST-TIMER '15

Very scenic flat course along the Fox River. It is a good race to qualify for Boston and is well run, supportive, and friendly. One of the best road marathons … MORE

Very scenic flat course along the Fox River. It is a good race to qualify for Boston and is well run, supportive, and friendly. One of the best road marathons I have done.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
2

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