Race: Overlake Labor Day HM
Location: Redmond, WA
Results: 1:27:44, 39th place out of 767 runners
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
Great Competition- This is the NW Championship and so the pack was fast.
It was a relatively flat course, with a few gentle inclines.
Lots of spectators and passing cars to cheer you on.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
There were a few things: The course was cut short, so it wasn’t technically the full 13.1. There was an email saying that the aid stations would have cold towels, which they didn’t. It wasn’t a closed course, so around mile 9 we ran into bicyclists, walkers, etc.
Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
This was the first time I really ran with any sort of pack. It was a great way to pace each other out, and support each other.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Beware the Valley of the Shuffaloes. Around mile 11 you loop back and reconnect with those that are doing the 4 miler.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
There is a small but dramatic up hill around mile 12.5.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
Once you get off the streets and highway and enter the park, its a nice route.
Difficulty – is it a tough course
Not at all. Its one of the easiest courses I’ve seen.
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Could be some improvements, but overall not a bad course.
Competition – is there a strong field?
Absolutely. The first place finishers were about 1:05, so there is definitely some top level talent.
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.
Pretty wide open registration with lots of advertising.
As I mentioned, they weren’t stocked as advertised. They all had nuun and water, however.
Weather and typical race conditions –
It was WARM! The sun was beating down after the first hour.
Gear – did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Nothing unusual for this distance.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends-
There are many opportunities for spectators to watch and cheer.
For the top finishers. Everyone gets a medal and a Long Sleeve tech shirt.
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it
7 out of 10. I am sure they will work out the kinks, and improve. I highly recommend this race for anyone seeking a PR.