I enjoyed the event. It was a first year event with few problems for me and the nit picky things that I can think of are easy fixes next year. It was well run by the organizers and I believe it will only improve with time. The good 1.easy flat course 2.Nice swag 3.plenty of gel on course if you like that sort of thing 4 parking was not a problem. The bad 1. Restrooms can you ever have enough at the start (no) 2. Not much direction on where to go after race 3. Area where shirts were handed out was a mess. 4 no results after the race on the grounds but they were up quickly on the web site
If I had a poor race or the weather was poor I might have different feelings for the race but all in all I enjoyed
I thought the route was good and I was thankful for how flat it was. There was a lot of confusion about when the half actually started and it was not very organized. The water stops and cliff gels were great and frequent enough which was great. I also really liked the medal and the hat! I was disappointed in the expo and how the shirts were given out at the end and they only had medium and xl left. Granted the xl was fine, but I would have prefered a large which is what I originally put down. So, giving us the shirts before would be a better idea. Also, the food was for purchase which seemed a little tacky so I didn't bother to stay for it. I'll do it again next year.
Good event for the most part. The course was easy compared to most races, so that was a nice break. My only complaint was the post race food and beverages. I run at least 2-4 half marathons a year and countless 10K's. They all provide (for free) either gatorade, orange juice, chocoloate milk (houston marathon) bagels, oranges and bananas. To wait in a long line for a spoonful of HORRIBLE rice with some kind of meat product was pathetic. This must be improved for next year. I heard a lot of people didn't get their shirt size choice. I didn't have that problem, but it needs to be fixed so everyone gets the shirt they want to commemorate the day! Overall, good job. I will certainly run it again next year. I just hope there will be better food and drink options at the end. Thanks to all the volunteers!
Overall, very pleased with the event. With this being my first marathon, and first organized running event since high school cross country, I do not have a basis of comparison to other events. That said, I thought the event was well organized and enjoyable. The suggestions for future events include: (1) more comprehensive instructions from No Limits Timing LLC. I was under the impression that there was a way to set up an automatic text message to friends/family when you crossed a timing mat, but could not figure out how to set it up. (2) ensure finisher shirt sizing matches the runners' desires. I got the size I wanted, but was surrounded by people that were looking for something other than a L or XL and were told there were none. Considering I finished in right about the middle of the runners, I was surprised of the limited selection. Otherwise, I really liked the bounty of aid stations, the spectators, the expo and the finishing area. Am absolutely looking forward to doing it again next year!
The course was nice. My personal race was great. HOWEVER, the Marathon Relay participants were really SOL at this event. I was the first of 3 legs for the marathon relay. There was no signage letting the participants know that an exchange point was coming up, and there was supposed to be shuttle service for the runners to get back to the finish, and that was not the case. The women at the water station assured us that a bus would come, told us to cross the street for easier shuttle access, so we all did. The first leg racers stood around for almost an hour waiting for a shuttle that never came, and then we finally flagged down a random commuter to take us back to the finish line. The relay participants paid an entry fee just like the 1/2 marathon and full marathon runners, so I was extremely disappointed that they were left, literally, out in the cold after the race. I would not consider running this race again unless the communication and planning improves.
The race course was good, cheering was great, volunteers were great. There needs to be alot of improvements before next years event. Why signup for a shirt size as it was not available for my son who finished in 2:30. Food lines and food choices terrible for after a run. Not enough porta potties as you tell by the number of runners hitting the woods along the way. Overall bad logistics.
Overall I liked the race. Parking was confusing as there weren't enough, actually any that I saw. Also the course was very congested. I ran the half marathon and spent most of my race passing the slower pace groups for the marathon.
This was my first marathon and the first time I have run competitively since high school. I thought the event was well organized, the course was well marked and managed, multiple rest stations and cheering volunteers were a nice touch. I did not try the food afterward. All-in-all a good time and I look forward to it again next year.
There were definite pros and cons to this race. I loved the flat course after having suffered through the hills of Austin two weeks before. The massage tent post race was awesome. It was the best I've seen so far. The wait wasn't terrible. The Clif gel stops were good. Now for the cons. There need to be way more port-o-potties at the start and maybe one or two more at the stops on the route. The start line wasn't obvious. Most races have some sort of overhead signage clearly showing the start line. You had to look down to see the timing mat to know where the start line was. Someone mentioned that they didn't see any medical stops along the way. I didn' t see any either. Some people said their Garmins showed a longer distance than the race was. I have read that when all races are measured there is a certain amount of distance added to assure that the race isn't short changed. I like the food that My Fit Foods had to offer, but the line was horrible. I instead opted to pay $5 for a bacon, egg and cheese bagel from the Egg and I. Some people were also complaining about not getting the shirt beforehand. If I'm only getting one shirt I prefer a finisher shirt. Of all the races I've run it seems that Houston is the only one where you get a shirt at packet pickup and at the finish. About the shirt sizes... Upon registration it needs to be clearly stated that there is women's sizing and men's sizing. If it's unisex sizing a large fits, but a women's fit I need XL. When I finished this Woodlands half marathon they only had women's medium and small. I had to get a men's shirt. There is much to improve on, buy I might be back next year.
I agree with the fact that the course was very congested. I think a stagger start by time would improve this. I spent a majority of the race time trying to pass runners who were talking and running four wide. I respect their fact to run at their pace but would not have had this problem if the slower runners started toward the back. I ran the hald and caught up to the slower full runners who were not in a hurry at all.
Liked the fact that the half started after the marathon. Had no problems with parking. The expo was good for first race. Organization was good and the race started on time. Didn't like all of the cars on the roads and I see no use for the relay. It just creates more car traffic and increases the danger for the athletes. I was really glad that there was water at the finish line. The post race meal was excellent. The water stops were organized and well supported. Please ask volunteers to NOT put their fingers in the cups.
Lies Spectators tell Marathoners: 1) Last Hill! 2) Almost there! 3) You look great!
Most everyone has hit the same items. Great course and great weather. I heard the announcement on the start line would not be up so you did make that announcement. Why did we start at 6:55 and not 7? All that did was bunch us up on the marathon runners. Starting at 7:05 would of helped. Shirt sizes, porta potties, parking directions and food were all major negatives. I guess all the money went into the police blocking traffic. Yes, I will be back next year and give you all a second chance but after 20 years and being able to watch the Houston Marathon, I would lot you all would have been better prepared (the weather was great and you knew the numbers of participants so no excuse).
I agree with no enough port a poties at the start line. This was my first half marathon and over all it was a wonderful experience. The announcements were hard to hear when you were at corral D, I found myself noticing purple bibbed people walking so I realized it had start because I could not hear. The massage tent was awesome and I believed helped in my recovery.
The Course is nice and flat. Parking was easy and close. Spectators are somewhat limited, but the cheering stations helped. Definitely need to have bananas at the finish and maybe something with eggs.Nice long free massage. Great weather. Overall, a good race. I am glad it is back, and I hope it is here to stay.