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    kmerskine FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a great race and it's too bad they stopped holding this event. It does look like it may return in 2021 though. If it does, do this race. … MORE

    This was a great race and it’s too bad they stopped holding this event. It does look like it may return in 2021 though. If it does, do this race. This is the one of the prettiest courses I’ve ever run. Through country roads, it’s quiet, and just a great race. It is a hilly race though, so practice your hill running.

    The single thing I would suggest that is changed in this race is the distance. My Garmin Fenix recorded a distance of 13.79 miles. I tend to believe this is correct. My normal times for half marathon courses like this one would be somewhere between 2:07 and 2:10. The Bridge Street Half Marathon in Huntsville is about my closest comparison in terms of course difficulty, and my 2017 and 2018 times on that course were 2:09, and 2:07, respectively. My Hills and Hollers time was 2:13. And my Garmin Fenix invariably measures the distance of half marathon courses to within a tenth, or .15 miles of the advertised distance. This course needs to be shortened, I believe.

    The race organization is fine, no complaints there. The swag was standard, nothing above or below average. But the post-race food was great! There was plenty of food to eat after the race, which is always nice. Plenty, and plenty to drink. Some of it was packaged snacks and some was bake sale type snacks that must have been organized by the race directors. Loved that stuff.

    It’s a small race and there was plenty of parking, and parking was AT the start line, which is always a plus. But if they hold this race again starting in 2021, and if it grows into a larger race they’ll have to find additional parking. I mean, I think there may have only been 100 people running, give or take. That might be off, but it feels like a small race, and that’s a good thing.

    This race is rural and although it is literally beside the highway I don’t recall any motels nearby, so if you are coming from out of town (if they resume this race) you’d not be able to walk from your motel to this race.

    I’m not a great runner, I have slow times, but I’ve run maybe 50 races. This is one of my favorites. Probably not worth traveling across the country for, but if you are within a two or three hour drive and looking for a decent race, consider this one. It’s on my calendar of race to do again, if the tentative 2021 date holds.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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