This was my fifth Magic City Half Marathon; I have participated in this event since 2014. I've always enjoyed running this race, but this year was definitely my least favorite. The organizers changed the course to a double loop; hence, we saw much less of the Magic City of Birmingham. I know they were attempting to decrease the elevation and make the course faster for (elite) runners. However, it just ended up being a boring long run for me. It was my slowest effort, even with the lower elevation. I missed running in the historical sections of Birmingham (downtown, Legion Field, Smithfield, Rickwood Field, etc.). Additionally, running past the finish line to begin the second loop was not a great feeling. If I'd known the course had changed this drastically, I probably would have signed up for another race, even if it meant another trip out of town. Next time, I will attend the preview run, if my schedule permits. :)
Solid race. Well-organized, sufficiently sized to run fast and have a good time. Course is a double-loop, pretty fast, and relatively free of hazards. One significant hill on each lap, but a pretty flat and fast course for Birmingham. Hassle-free race that I plan on repeating.