Highlands Ranch Half Marathon/September 2, 2013
This race has a 5k attached to it also and runs for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Before April 16: $75
April 16 – May 30: $85
June 1 – July 15: $95
July 16 – August 29: $105
I got a Rush49 deal so I only paid $65 I think.
It’s run at Daniel’s Park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. There were about 650 runners.
Even though it’s September, you have to remember the weather. It was blessed hot, 85*.
Pretty smallest expo. My husband has a great memory, “there were t’shirts, energy bars and power drinks, couple info tables”. Other than that, pick up your packet.
When I registered, I registered through Rush49. Apparently there was something in their communication that said I was supposed to click on something else. I didn’t. So they didn’t have my packet. No worries. They put it together on the spot and were super nice about it.
Starting at Daniel’s Park at 7am (glorious!) it was really a blessing of a start. But already…warming up. The course drops 1000ft over the course of the 13 miles except for the last two where it is seriously uphill.
The beginning few miles were on dirt/rock road. I personally struggle a little with this as I’m always on pavement. My ankle turns a lot and it’s more “work” to stay on track. As soon as you get off the dirt/rock…the pavement feels like you’re running on clouds.
I had no issues with the course, ran through Highlands Ranch and it was overall good except the police had a tough time holding traffic back at several spots. They would gauge how slow you were approaching and let people go and start again. It had to be a stressful few hours.
The last few miles that were uphill, wow. They weren’t kidding. I didn’t really see anyone running at that point. Kind of disappointing since I was running a fast fun race before that.
The race offered no Gu or energy gels of any sort. They did have trays of cut up bananas, oranges and bagels. For the record, bananas in a bin at 85*…not pretty.
They had warm water in tiny dixie cups. No Gatorade or Powerade at all. They couldn’t fill the cups of water fast enough and apparently one aid station ran out of cups and they had to bring them more. By mile…9? it was super hot…super uncomfortable.
Up that dreadful hill and around, through crazy traffic and into the Town Center. Hm. I found it a little stressful with the traffic but the police did a great job.
At the finish line they hand you your medal. Then direct you to the after party area quite a distance away where you will find more water in larger dixie cups and more bananas and oranges and bagels.
Also, ice cream sandwiches and chocolate milk. That was a nice touch for sure.
To sum it up:
I didn’t want to be “that person” that complains about every single thing with a race. Mostly if I pay, I get a t shirt and a medal I’m good. Occasionally I’ll mention the t shirt is an awful color but I don’t wear them anyway so it doesn’t affect me. In this case, I found the lack of water to be disturbing. I know I’ve mentioned it to several people and I tend to get “the look” but I’ll say it again right here. For a race that starts at $75 and goes up to $105, I expect decent water stations and at the very least…some sort of Gatorade or Powerade. The Gu would be a generous perk. In that heat, people need fluid and electrolytes.
They have billed themselves as a “premier race”. Show up next year. I won’t be running this race again until I hear they’ve improved that aspect. That and the course being a little traffic heavy…they get a 5 or a 6.