Dinosaur Half Marathon Race Report – Sanne Lansink

Race: Dinosaur Half Marathon

Runner: Coach Sanne Lansink

Race Date: 09/11/2022

Location: Drumheller AB, Canada

Results: 7th female finisher, 2nd in Category

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

The race has amazing views of the Drumheller Valley and Provincial park. Each year the race starts in the brisk fall air and warms up for a comfortable run. Each aid station has their own vibe with lots of energy to help you complete your race.

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

The Half Marathon is mainly a road race and described as relatively flat, however at about 11 km the race turns into a trail run with steep hills. At about kilometer 14 it turns back in to a road race. If you are not prepared for these hills they will catch you off guard.

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

Great atmosphere and beautiful trails. It was my second best time for my Half Marathon and I felt great during the whole run.

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Be aware of the hills in the middle of the race. Ran the first half of my 1/2 marathon and planned on racing the second. The hills definitely through me off as the course was described as relatively flat.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

The Hilly section is not long gradual hills. Running those few kilometers felt like running hill repeats. 50- 100 meters of steep incline before descending and doing it all over again.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Gorgeous views, not your typical road race

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Majority of the course is easy, minus the few km in the middle

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

Very well organized and great atmosphere

Competition – Is there a strong field?

Perfect field for beginner/intermediate runners or runners looking for a runcation.

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

Just sign up and show up!

Weather and typical race conditions

Nice warm morning run. Not to hot and not to cold.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Spectators welcome and can view from various places along the trail.

How’s the Swag?

Nice shirt to add to the collection and water bottle

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

7 Stars

Sanne Lansink is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about her or to work with her, check out her coach profile.