Redmond Reindeer Romp Half Marathon Race Report – Harmony C

redmond reindeer romp race report
Photo: Taryn Graham Photography

Race: Redmond Reindeer Romp

Runner: Harmony C

Race Date: 12/01/2018

Location: Redmond, WA

Results: 2:00:07

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

  1. As a mostly road racer, running through a forest was a really nice change of scenery!
  2. Someone dressed as buddy the elf (the resemblance was uncanny)
  3. Great intro to trail racing. The course was beautiful, but not too technical or high elevation

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

  1. There’s a lot of out and back for the half marathon. I typically don’t mind this, but knowing I’d have to run some of the same hills later in the race messed with my head a bit
  2. Particularly hard to pass people during the first few miles

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

Overall was a really fun race! Relaxed and supportive vibe.

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

Be sure to snag a spot in front before starting if you’re planning 10 min/mile pace or faster

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

So pretty! Lush trees at all times

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Not too tough. Hills at miles 5-6 and 10-11 were hard for me though.

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

Very organized! It’s fairly small and everyone seemed to understand where they needed to be. I really liked how relaxed the race was, yet it was still well-run.

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.

I signed up about a month prior. Didn’t seem too intense in terms of logistics, just showed up an hour prior to start time. We took a shuttle from the parking lot to the start, which was super straight forward and quick. Bib pick-up day-of was also very efficient. It did sell out a few weeks prior to the race.

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

There are three aid stations: at mile 3, mile 6, and mile 8. Fuel stations had gatorade, Gu, and coke cola (this made me SO happy – coke cola is my favorite post-run drink).

Weather and typical race conditions

Weather was perfect for late fall in Seattle. Chilly, mostly clear with very light rain.

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

I wished I had brought water with me, but I may have not been hydrated enough

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Sure! Some parts of the course are not wide enough for spectators, but a lot of parts are. It was really fun seeing random spectators on the course.

How’s the Swag?

None – there is a raffle for some treats and you can buy a shirt. I was grateful they added on the option to buy a shirt rather than adding the cost in for it.

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

10 out of 10 if you’re looking to dip your toes into trail running!