Race: Provo City Half Marathon
Runner: Annelie Stockton
Location: Provo, Utah
Results: 1:27, 2nd Female, 7th Overall
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- Point to point race- my favorite!
- Beautiful course.
- Awesome swag and prize money.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The altitude! Coming from sea level it was harder to breathe and my legs felt heavier.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
It was so cold in the morning and hot by the finish!
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
With my marathon coming up in two weeks this was not a goal race for me. I treated this as a pre-race workout, my goal was to have fun and stay positive. The course was absolutely beautiful, starting in Provo Canyon and finishing downtown Provo. I really enjoyed the scenery.
Lessons Learned – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner or yourself on the next time around
Review the course!! I heard the course was marked but I didn’t see any mile markers. My watch wasn’t working so I had no idea where I was in the race.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
The course itself was really well marked, it would be almost impossible to get lost or take a wrong turn. I had to stop a couple times for the bathroom, luckily there were tons of porta potties along the course.
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! Lots of water and gatorade stations, and one station with gel along the course.
Logistics – Anything special regarding getting to/from the race, hotels around the course, registration…?
I drove from Salt Lake City on race morning, I had to leave about 4:30 am to catch the bus in Provo at 5:20. I would recommend staying closer to Provo since it is such an early start.
Weather and typical race conditions
At the start of the race I was freezing! I wish that I had brought gloves and a hat to wear and ditch along the course. The last few miles of the race were warm and hot by the finish.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Yes! Lots of spots along the course for people to watch.
How’s the swag?
Awesome swag! Cool t-shirts and medals for all finishers. Prize money for top male and female finishers ($250, $150, and $75).
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
I give this race 5 stars! It was fun, well organized, and a beautiful course.