This was a new event but put on by Race Maker Productions which has done numerous road races and triathlons. And it was taking place at Metropolis Mall which is a mere 10 minutes from my house. I don't remember for sure if I got in before any price increase but it was $50 to register but I had discount code that saved me $5...which basically eliminated the fees and taxed.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13th: Packet pickup took place at the Claddagh Irish Pub. They were giving away free shots of whiskey but I wasn't in the mood for any of that. So I didn't stay long.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14th:
It was drizzling race morning but by the time the race actually started it had stopped.
But it was toasty inside the Headquarters/tent area:
There were several members of the Hendricks County Runners club participating so we took a quick group photo.
I didn't know what to expect from this race especially since I hadn't trained - this will become a theme for me in 2015!
The course ran through the mall parking lot first (which was boring) but then headed out toward a path that I was completely unaware even existed!
And now for an influx of pictures from along the course:
|I never knew this tunnel was there! |
A great way to get across SR267 which is heavily traveled.
|The Plainfield Library. My aunt lives very close to here.|
|The only "fan/spectator" I saw the entire day aside |
from participant's friends and family at the start/finish area.
So thanks random guy for being out there with your sign
"Touch Here For Power"
|I was not as fast as this guy but I sure didn't see him at the finish line.|
Tortoise beats the Hare once again!
|In the right you can see a yellow sign in the distance|
That is an old Diner that they relocated there.
I could smell the food, especially syrup as we passed.
|Very clever of this aid station to use the umbrella as a trash can.|
There was quite the after party but I didn't / couldn't stick around because I needed to get home and get showered so that we could head up to Muncie, IN for the Little Big Town concert.
|This was supposed to be the area for the |
Medal Photo Shoot but it was too windy
This was Lifetime Half Marathon #71 for me and the 1st of 2015.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THIS RACE:
- As with any first time race there were some hiccups that they will need to correct but there weren't any glaring issues that caused problems.
- I will probably do this again since it is so close to my house. As a matter of fact, I have it tentatively listed on the 2016 spreadsheet already.
- This event production company does a good job keeping runners informed via emails and often offers discount codes as the pricing structures increase.
- Fingers crossed that it is a better medal next year but this race is also a fund raiser so I know that it's important for the money to go where it is needed rather than to stuff for participants. But a better medal would be appreciated! :)