Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon Race Report – Alan

Race: Too Cold to Hold Half Marathon

Runner: Alan V

Date: 1/28/2018

Location: Norbuck Park (Dallas, TX)

Results: 1st in 1:19:46 (PR!)

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too cold to hold race report

3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  1. I really like running at White Rock Lake and 90% is around the lake, so I was really familiar with the entire course.
  2. The race is pretty flat so the people I talked to said they PR’d or got close.
  3. The weather was really nice that day, not too hot nor too cold.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

The race has a 5k and 10k that starts 30 minutes after the half and the race is an out and back so the last 3 miles there were still plenty of people from the 10k on the course. It wasn’t too bad but I did notice that it got a bit crowded on turns.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Before the race I had planned on doing the first 10 pretty chill and picking up the last 5k and I thought I executed it well that day. I felt so good the last 5k and at the finish it made me wonder if I could have done it a bit faster.

Lessons Learned – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner or yourself on the next time around

Parking sucks. I got there an hour before and had to park 1/2 a mile away.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

It’s an out and back so you only need to know half the course.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

This race has been around for a few years and the organizer hosts a lot of other races around Dallas, so yes.

Logistics – Anything special regarding getting to/from the race, hotels around the course, registration…?

No issues with any.

Weather and typical race conditions

It’s called too cold to hold but its been warm some years. You can’t really predict the weather in Texas.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?


How’s the swag?

Nice, everyone gets a shirt. I also got a sweater as an award.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

4.9/5 Parking sucked

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