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3
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
5
Meet us at the starting line for the Silo District Marathon weekend in Waco, Texas! We’ve got a race for everyone, including our USATF-certified, Boston Marathon qualifying marathon. Whether your goal is to raise awareness for a cause, take the next step of a fitness journey, or to test your … MORE
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    kt.eller FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pre-Race: I ran for the Inaugural Silo District Half, the race that Chip and Joanna Gaines hosted so that Chip could run his first full. Before the race, I would … MORE

    Pre-Race: I ran for the Inaugural Silo District Half, the race that Chip and Joanna Gaines hosted so that Chip could run his first full. Before the race, I would say that it felt like an inaugural race. There were gaps in communication, frequent changes made, and sometimes, not enough communication, in my opinion. We were not made aware of the route until late March. We were not provided with the aid station options (specific gels and brands) until about 10 days ahead of race day. I was okay with this and expect it will be better next time, but it often felt like it was a little “wonky.”

    Race Day: It was HOT. I am hopeful that their subsequent races will not be in May. It was up to 80 during the half and up to 90% humidity while I raced. I couldn’t imagine being Chip and running a full in that weather! While it was fun to see the Silos, I was racing there more because it was my college town. Had I not had more nostalgic things to see (like running through Baylor campus in the first 3 miles), I’m not sure there would be much to enjoy. Race started and ended at the Silos, but that is only the first and last couple of blocks. Aid stations were not always well-manned and I poured my own water from gallon jugs more than once. It also started 10 minutes late…which is a lot when waiting in the sun! Again, I think these are inaugural faux pax that would be fixed next time around!

    Course: Flat except for a couple of bridges, including one at mile 12. All pavement, very little shade and trees because…Texas!

    Swag: As you would expect from Magnolia, BEAUTIFUL medals, t-shirts, quotes along the route, exquisite graphic design. It is definitely my fave swag from any race! I also appreciated how, at the end, the volunteers were handing every single goodie to finishers: people handing out protein bars, different people handing out cookies from the Silo Baking Co., handing out water, handing out bananas… I found that very thoughtful and easier than waiting in long lines.

    Overall, I’m happy for the experience and nostalgia and the great swag I brought home! I don’t plan to run this race again unless it is in a much colder time of the year.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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