The course is great, and seemed well marked. There were a couple of intersections that could have used someone directing traffic as there were long lines of cars trying to bust through the course at stop signs. But the main problem is that there was a serious lack of water on the course. It was a warm day and there were several water stops without water, or ones that were so understaffed that you had to sit there and wait just to get 2 oz of water, and if you wanted any more than that you felt guilty because there was a long line of people waiting behind you. This is unacceptable. The number of water stops was fine, but they ran out of water and were understaffed. It really ruinied the race for me because I got really parched towards the end.
The course was very nice, well marked! The start area for the 10K was a bit weird and seemed a bit unorgainzed at the beginning but once everyone got to where they needed to start everything else was wonderful throughout the race. A few environmental issues that of course are entirely out of the race organizers control, none the less where hard to combat through once my allergies kicked in. Water stations were nicely stocked and readily availble throughout the course and the finish line area was very well stocked with water and goodies. I will most definitely consider running this race annually.
For the most part it was great. Water stations were not handled well. Needed more volunteers, especially to direct traffic with the parking. Also the start line was kind of a mess. Other than that great event
I think the course was nice overall for the Half, very scenic and enjoyable to have different views to see. This made the half worth doing. I would suggest that the cones not be so close to the shoulder that in many places you could only run on the slanted, rocky shoulder and not actually on the road. The start time should be 7am for this time of year.
The biggest issue I had was the water stations, in the beginning all good but by mile 10 there were no cups and barely water and at mile 12 only Gatorade. I may not be the fastest runner but not the slowest so these water issues are a problem. This has been an issue with other races done by this group and should not continue to happen. I think they needed a few more volunteers or police at points where traffic was and no one there to be sure runners crossed safely. I do think that the water at the end should be right after receiving your medal and not so far away. With a 3 1/2 hour cut off there should be strong support at the end of the race for ALL participants. Some type of Clif block or Power gel at mile 9 or 10 would have been beneficial and a real plus for this race.
It sure seems that this race director favors the Elite runners and doesn't always focus on all the rest of us who support / run the races but aren't fast.
Not sure if I will do another Half with this group. They do a lot better on the 5K and 10K races.
I was sorry to see in the reviews that this was a first Half for some people, they should know there are a lot better run races out there to try.
I think RunFit should take note of all the comments as this isn't their first race and after so many years of hosting races the big issues of water should never happen!!
Course was lovely. WATER!!! Cannot believe that at Mile 8 there was only a little gatorade and NO Water. Then at Mile 10 they were out of cups and we recv'd a "drink/swallow" because one of the volunteers was able to hold up the cooler high enough for us to do this. ARE YOU KIDDING. 12 was fine when I reached it but hardly NO water from mile 6 to 12??? AWFUL!
Overall it was a great event. The course was fantastic - everyone was very friendly. You really need to have a starting strip. If you are going to the trouble of having a timing chip, you need a strip at the start for it to be completely accurate. At the finish have fresh fruit, chocolate milk, and some fresh items in addition to the granola bars and rolls. And please, no Gatorade at the finish - we had enough of that on the course.
The race was great. The only real issue that I had was that was the timing chip. The timing chip seemed pretty useless because there was not a strip at the start.
stop sending soooo many emails and start the race on time. This is a pattern I have seen with all the irunfit races in town. Also a pattern is water stations too spread out. The course was pretty and nice so good job on that.
I enjoyed the half marathon very much. The course was well layed out and scenic. The race beginning with approx. 2 miles running on dirt along the ditch banks is always interesting. I like the idea of handing out the timing chips at packet pickup instead of last minute race day. This seems to make race day activities less conjested. Looking forward to next year and other "Run-Fit" half marathons. Unfortunate about running out of water toward the end. I am sure that will be corrected in the future. We all survived.
This was my first half, but I've run a lot of 5Ks and 10Ks. The parking situation could have been helped by having someone show people where to park. The start line was a JOKE! Why bother with a timing chip if there isn't a start mat??? Plus, the super narrow path where the start was made the start a little scary. Having port-a-potties along the course was nice, however having them sitting at almost a 45 degree angle was a little concerning to say the least! I didn't experience the problems at the water stations that other people have mentioned, but running out of water is totally ridiculous! I would have much rather have had some oranges/bananas at the finish line than a breakfast burrito. Getting a medal was nice though!
I liked the course and really appreciated that there was shade in some areas. I would recommend the race start at 7:00 am instead of 8:00. However, I was very displeased with the lack of water and gatorade throughout the course. Everyone hydrates differently and there should have been both H20 and gatorade available probably every 2 miles after mile 6. It would also be nice to have had some fruits or gel towards the end of the race as a nice pick me up. Also, some runners may need to relieve themselves and I saw that there was only 1 porta pottie available at 2 different locations and there were several runners waiting in line...there probably should have been more than one set up at each location. And at the finish, it would have been nice to eat some fresh fruits or bagels. And why was there no timing strip at the beginning of the race? Might return next year...we'll see.