Race: Jump Off Joe HM

Runner: Cherie S

Race Date: 09/07/2019

Location: Kennewick, WA

Results: 2:01

Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/activities/2687993992

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

1. Low key
2. Race director and volunteers were pros
3. Super cheap ($18)

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

It can heat up in Eastern Washington and there is no shade on this course.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

They have a weird food challenge at each aid station. I did not partake, but I heard prior years have been different varieties of dog food.

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

I was very happy that I took it easy the first half. The second half takes the out and back climb up to the top of Jump off Joe. I had plenty of energy to take the climb and endure the warming weather.

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

1. Bring extra cash to get a shirt. They are really nice quality – it’s one of my new favorites.
2. While I got very lucky on the weather, there is a high probability of wind and/or hot temperatures.
3. Parking is very limited and this race is getting more popular every year. Arrive early or carpool.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

I think slowing down in the beginning helped a lot.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

This race requires some self sufficiency. The aid stations are about 5 miles apart. There are no bathrooms on course – you are advised to bring toilet paper and pack out if need be. Anyone interested in the full marathon should probably take this into consideration.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

There are no trees, only sage. You can see for miles. I find it beautiful, but others might describe it as boring.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

It’s hilly, but not technical. It’s also hard to get lost.

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

Everything ran like clockwork!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

It was pretty laid back.

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.

Logistics are pretty easy. Parking is limited.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Aid stations were fully stocked. Volunteers were great.

Weather and typical race conditions

I got lucky with the weather. The high was 91 degrees that day, but with a 7am start I was done before it heated up.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?

I carried water with me and was glad I did.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

It’s not really spectator friendly. I didn’t see anyone other than runners or volunteers the entire time.

How’s the Swag?

No swag included, but you can purchase a really cool shirt separate from the entry fee.

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

I would give this race a 4/5. It was really fun and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a low key race.