The staff and volunteers were so friendly and upbeat! It was very organized not only at the run but in the days beforehand I received several informational emails keeping me up on the weather forecast and the plan. They even posted a video on how to dress for running in the cold and had a warm building available to wait in before and after with hot chocolate! Not only does this race offer age group metals for place 1-3 in 5 year increments but even slower runners get a chance to win with the Average Jane andJoe metals and an awards given to who placed in the middle of the pack! They offer same day or day before packer pick up so that was super convenient and those picking up early were entered in a shoe raffle! I would highly recommend this race and all the rest in the Chilly Willy series as I have previously participated in them all and really loved them!
With the bitter cold temps this year SCSE did a great job with renting the building next to the start line. This allowed the runners to stay warm and loose until the start. With 5 minutes till race start, runners came out of the building in an organized fashion, lined up as according to there pace, and we started shortly after. Since out core temp was up there we were still loose and able to get up to our pace right away. This helped with any injuries that can occur with being cold as well as make the run more enjoyable.The route was two lamps around the section of water, where the course was flat, but a sneaky small up hill at about mile 1 to get you back to street level. It was a course that allowed you to strive for a PR, and always see those that are in front of you to see if you get push yourself to catch up to them at or before the finish. This was made possible with the gradual down while for the last .25 miles.SCSE staff and there volunteers do an amazing job in creating a fun atmosphere on a day that mother nature decided to not bring ideal or more comfortable running conditions.