The Steamboat Half Marathon was my first. It was an absolutely breathtaking run.
Directions to and execution of registration and chip retrieval was simple. There were plenty of volunteers who were more than eager to help you out. The town was very supportive of runners and offered a few discounts on meals and things.
The morning of the race was very exciting. Plenty of buses to ferry runners to the start. Get there early! Long lines. The race was very well organized. There were plenty of port-o-johns at the start. This was very nice! The bag truck left about 10 minutes prior to the start to the dismay of some cold runners.
There were about 5 or 6 aid stations and maybe 5 port-o-john stops on the half marathon course. The people working the aid stations were enthusiastic and encouraging. There were even a few kids helping--hard to say no to a bunch of cute kids handing you water and honey stinger gels!
The course itself was wonderful----not as HORRIBLE of hills as I had read in the other reviews. The hills were rolling and gradual. The scenery was stunning--morning sun rising over the hills to your left to illuminate green farms and fields with wildflowers sprouting everywhere.
There was sufficient traffic control towards the town. Cars were very polite as you ran by--sharing the road with two lane traffic the last few miles. As you started to run downtown towards the finish, there were lots of people watching but not a lot of cheering or clapping---kind of disappointing. It was neat that the announcer said your name and number as you entered the finish. The water and cold towel at the end of the race was fantastic. It was a HUGE bummer not to receive a medal of any sort for finishing the half marathon.
Thanks to Subway for a yummy meal afterwards! There were vendors and they posted the results soon after your finish.
I would run this race again. I highly encourage anyone to run it.
- J.W. from Colorado Springs, CO
Race Year: 2010 |
Added: June 17, 2011