Runner: Shannon Porter
Race Date: 09/08/2019
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Results: Fourth Place Women
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
The crowd had amazing energy.
Beautiful winding course with views of the waterfront.
The support from my coach and family cheering me on.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The course had a gradual uphill climb for most of the race, making it slower for time.
It was so hot, even with the 7 am start time. Temps in the 80’s!
Lots of concrete.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
The strangest thing was that there was no prize money for the top athletes, but if you win, you receive a vacation to Argentina! You get to compete in the global energy race there in a year.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
This was my first race back postpartum, I had my son 5 months ago. I am so proud that I was able to get back out there and enjoy racing again!
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Take the first half slower than you think, the uphill is surprisingly difficult.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
I want to pace myself better.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Hydrating will help you battle the heat!
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
It is beautiful, gorgeous views the entire way.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
It is moderate to tough, the heat and slow incline make it a challenge.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
They put on a well organized event, everything ran so smoothly I just had to focus on running fast.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
This year there were a handful of professional runners. The first place prize makes this competitive.
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.
This race seemed to be very easy to register for. It is a global event though so it is difficult getting in touch with a race director or anyone involved ahead of time. (I always ask to get entry comped) but the price is affordable and hotels in the area weren’t booked or expensive.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Aid stations were available along the entire course every mile or so.
Weather and typical race conditions
Hot hot hot! And a little humid.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Nothing gear wise.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Yes, friends and family have an easy time watching the start and finish, and a few spots along the way.
How’s the Swag?
There was an awesome goodie bag with a T Shirt, Sunglasses, and coupons. Also lots of food, and merchandise vendors afterward.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
Four and a half stars. I definitely recommend this race.