But finally to the start. A photo with the group...
Let me introduce you from left to right... On the left we have Monica. Monica is a friend of mine that I have been helping to coach. Today was her first half marathon!!! Next is Elaine, of course, my race buddy. Love cheering her on. Next is another Monika! Monika used to be a co-worker, and finally headed to my side of town for a race. With her is "Flat Tom". Tom is a friend of hers deployed to Iraq that was supposed to run the race. She carried his face on a stick the entire race. Then me, of course. And on the right, the amazing and fabulous Robin who, once again, agreed to pace me... buuuuuut only if I agreed to go hard and try to PR.
I know this is the longest race report ever, but I wanted to mention that I absolutely loved this course. And while the ribbon was kind of dinky, the medal was pretty cool. And thanks to Aimee (who I FINALLY got to meet after finishing right near each other for several races but never actually crossing paths) for figuring out it is supposed to be the Ferris Wheel at the State Fair where the race ended. I was clueless.
I thought the signage at both the start and the finish was lacking. We had trouble finding bag check both times. There was plenty of water and snacks at the finish (and the aid stations on the course all looked well stocked and staffed, though I didn't use them). There were plenty of potties both at the start (never had to wait in a line... when does that happen?) and on the course.
I loved having the bands along the course... they seemed to come at just the right time (although I'm convinced Robin picked up the pace everytime we passed one). And I thought it was uber-cool to have the UT Longhorn band at the last quarter mile.
All-in-all I think it was a well-done race, and I will be running it again next year since I registered at the expo for $65 (I do think the full price $100 fee is a bit steep). And you can bet it'll be in my sites as a PR course again next year.