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Awesome! Well organized and a great out and back course. I would suggest to mark the road for the half-marathoners since you are marking the roads anyway. It can't be that much more effort. Also, the half-marathon posted results are all an hour short. I will be back next year! Thanks for a great race!
Last year I loved this race. The town was beautiful, the people were very friendly and it was an overall good experience. This year there was a larger field of runners and it seem more unorganized. Everyone was still courteous and helpful but there were definitely not enough bathrooms to acccommodate the number of people. The start was more unorganized and crowded as well. Also, I have asthma and it was really difficult in the beginning (as it was last year) to run down the main street with the vendors and people smoking but I may have noticed it more because it was humid out this year. Maybe they could have a smoking ban during the ten minutes the race starts and the runners go down through that stretch but I know I am asking a lot for that. The only other gripe was that the hotels seemed much more expensive this year than last as if the prices were jacked just for this event. Last year I paid 49.99 at the Red Roof and this year I paid 79.99.
Great race, well-organized, great food and beer giveaways in the end. Beautiful course on rolling hills of Susquehanna River valley, highly reccomended for anyone who loves running in rural areas. A
Loved it. It was my first Half and I enjoyed the course and thought everyone was very hospitable. I really liked the start through the vendor area as they rang their cow bells. Having the race as part of the Spring Fling makes it such a great family event.
Dave the organizer here. Just wanted to reply to the first 4 ratings. Overall, pretty positive. Thank you. It's a labor of love.
In regard to the comments and suggestions; I'll present them to our Board at our next meeting. You opinions do mean a lot to us, and those ideas have resulted in many positive changes to the event over the years.
At first glance, it might be tough to get a smoking ban, but I'll see if the Danville business alliance has any thoughts on the topic. That is the group that books the vendors for Spring Fling. The race organizers of the marathon just buy the cow bells for Spring Fling.
As for marking (and timing for that matter) it's a little complicated because both races happen simultaneously. There is a fine line between too little, too much and the right amount of information. Since the marathon course and the Half are different courses, the milage will be different in unexpected ways to our runners. I'm just afraid I might do more harm than good if I begin posting two sets of distances on the course. I try to cover my fears by writing lots of silly comments on the street instead.
In regard to organization, I'm a little surprised by that comment. We doubled the amount of volunteers from last year. The community involvement was also greatly enhances. We also put more Doctors and Professional medical staff at the water stops than ever before. And we paid professional crossing guards this year for intersections. In the past, these jobs were done by volunteers. Paid professionals cost us $30.00 and hour.
Maybe the perceived disorganization comment is the result of us losing our starting facility? The flood of Danville has changed how life works here perminantly. Last year we had an entire school at our disposal, now that the building is condemned, we had to replace that facility with a tent.
The bathrooms were provided by our local vendor. The formula he uses is 1 bathroom for every 100 people. He says this always works. We had 600 participants, so we ordered 8 bathrooms - just to be safe. Plus 9 more for the course. That more than doubled the estimated amount suggested by our seasoned veteran supplier. If that wasn't enough, I apologize, but if there was in fact a shortage; it wasn't because we didn't do our homework or plan properly.
Just thought you should know.
I'm giving this race 5 - stars as my review of the racers that attended! Thank you all for being part of a wonderful day!
Loved the added change to the half from last year, with the off-road part. But wish traffic could be stopped till the end of the race. Also, any thought of returning to the one-way half marathon into the Bloomsburg Town Park? Overall, the race and the Rivertown Race Series is fantastic!!! Great Job to all!
Great Event! Well organized, Nice day and great people to be around. See you all in '13
Let me start with the positive side. Loved running down the spring fling. What a rush to have all the cheers. There were more that enough break stations and even snacks to fuel you up. The bathrooms were not an issue for me I went down the street and used the spring fling restrooms. I am a local so I brought a couple other racers with me. Now the not so good. The times? I have ran many races. Never have I not had a clock at the end of the race. No time at the turn around either. I have always had a clock at turn around and at the end. The person telling me the time at the end was 5min off. Really 5 min off. I did not like running in the grass at all. Slowed me down so much. I do trail or I do road. Never both. I was really unsure about the mile markers they were off. I guess because we ran a different path than the marathon. But if it says 3 and I am at 4, I get off pace. This is just to help you out for next year. So thankful that you help my community with all your hard work. Thank you. You make montour county a place where everyone would want to live.
I would agree with Danvillenative3212 on many points. I was totally frustrated that I didn't know my time when I left the event. Sure you gave it at the end, but since there was no clock and I didn't see I couldn't remember the time. I was also frustrated, I ordered a small T-shirt and there were none left. A third issue was there wasn't food at the end by the time I went though. I finished in under 2 1/2 hours, there should have been food. I will say there were plenty of water stations. But I would have like to have heard an official split at the turn around. I also, would have really like my run time as opposed to just a race time. Loved that there was a place to shower!
I ran this two years ago for the first time. It has definitely improved as far as organization in big way. Water stations were better, support along the course was better, and while there weren't many porta pottys, the lines did move quickly. Now, as far as times, someone already mentioned my biggest frustration, the time the gentleman called out for us at the finish was indeed at least 4 minutes off. He shouldn't call it at all if it can't be accurate. I was pleased for two days thinking I had beat a PR because of the time he gave, the results online say that I did not. Overall, I applaud the improvements and will continue to run this race.
Dave... I wasn't trying to pick at the race... I loved this rural race and understand that it is a rural race... not some Rock and Roll half...that being said... with regards to the bathrooms, I was referring to bathrooms at the start. Last year with the school being open runners had access to the school bathrooms and bathrooms at the start. I saw bathrooms along the course but I felt they were more needed at the start and less needed during the race. The lines were long and I did see people relieving themselves in local yards and areas not designated for "bathroom use." I loved the change in the course over the trail... that was awesome. I was disappointed the first year I ran this because in reading the description on the website it appeared we would be running on a canal toe path but later found out that was only for the marathon runners. I do agree with the above statements about the times.. my time was also off by 5 minutes from my garmin and my call time coming across the line. How that happened I have no idea.. I do understand the diff. in the times for the marathon... as far as markings and a clock at the halfway I really don't think it is necessary but if people want to know their split times what about upgrading the chip timing so when the times post they are more accurrate with splits? I do appreciate all the volunteers and everyone was really nice. The other complaint I heard people mentioning and this did not apply to me was that the medals at the end were leftover from last year and some people were getting medals that were different than others for the same race. Personally I think the medal is just a perk and if you are running solely to get a medal you shouldn't be runnig but that is my personal opinion. Thank you for responding and do I appreciate the extra help with the crossing guards.
Overall, a very pleasant experience. Ran with my daughter (her 2nd half) in my hometown (graduated from DHS in 1970). Well run for a smaller event (I like them this way!). Only issue was the frequent cars on Old Bloom Road (not sure what you could do about that!). Thanks for a great run (my 153rd race of my "career."
Kuddos for anyone planning and executing a race. I appreciate everything that was done! Bob Stout was very cool changing my status from marathon to half several weeks before due to knee injury. Thoroughly enjoyed the "rolling hills" aspect and country atmosphere. Disappointed in line at potties before the race. Agree that there should be more at start and less during the race. Don't understand why we had a chip and yet it really isn't a chip-timed race? I thought chip time meant that you are clocked at start and finish so that your time is accuarate. Also milage was confusing as so many people who were checking along the way were pointing out different marks. This makes for a less anjoyable run when people around you are bantering over differences. Also, what about handing out the beer ticket and $5 voucher at the end of the race with the medal? That way people don't have to walk all the way back to their cars and return again. The Utica Boilermaker uses this system and it works well. They just pull off a portion of your bib so they know you got yours. Last, (and I really did have a good time,) the velcro strap to the chip made a nasty cut into the back and front of my ankle. It was not loose and not tight and yet it still cut me pretty badly. I guess I need to be pretty creative in getting it into my laces next year!
Great idea about the voucher! I totally forgot to even use mine...if there was a diff. type of more accurate time chip it would eliminate that VELCRO strap!!! .