Location: Seattle, WA
Results – 3:32:27
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
Crowd Support- Tons of spectators, bands, cheerleaders, and school groups along the course.
The views- Starting off at Husky Stadium you travel down to Seward Park before heading to the West side for grand views of the Wheel, and the Olympics.
The Swag- From the expo before the race, to the medal and the finisher jacket, this organization gives out a lot.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
The Half and the Full Started off at the same time, split apart at mile 6, then reconnected at Marathon mile 15 and Half mile 9. So when the Marathoners joined up with the Half runners it was 2 hours in. It got really congested because the Marathoners were 7:30 pace, and the Half was 14:00.
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
Giving that I wasn’t “feeling it” that day, I am happy with my time. I felt better at the end than at my first few marathons.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Make sure you have a lot of cushioning on your feet. The tough concrete was unforgiving.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Start off slower (although I think I tell myself that before every longer race).
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
They changed the course from previous years, and added an out and back up 99. There are 2 false summits up this portion. Each with pretty steep climbs.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
Gorgeous views along this course.
Difficulty – is it a tough course
Not a difficult course. Only a few hills
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
They are a huge Race company. The expo, registration, and signage is very well done. I do wish they vetted peoples predicted finish times. It seemed like some folks were in too low corrals.
Competition – is there a strong field?
With 10000 people there is definitely a good mix. It is a wave start with Corrals, so you are very likely to be among like abled runners.
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.
Sign up early and get better pricing
About every 2 miles. Stocked with Water at all, and Gatorade, Glukos, at some.
Weather and typical race conditions – Last year was warm and sunny. This year was cool and misty.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends
Great spots all along the course to cheer people on.
Awards – Not sure
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it
4 Stars, I definitely recommend running this race.