Course: A beautiful run through the park. Fun, but with enough hills to keep you on your toes and make it feel like a legitimate race.Organisation: When I returned home after the race, I realized I was given the wrong size shirt in my packet. I emailed the organizers to ask if I could exchange it, but never received a response. If they wrote back and told me that they didnt have any shirts left, that would have been fine; I would have accepted it as an honest mistake on their partand hey, my money was already going to a good cause. But to not respond at all just isnt good form, whether youre running a business or hosting a fundraiser, which this effectively was. One more thing: I dont blame the organizers for this and am not factoring it into my rating, but Active.com, the company that they used for registration, hoodwinked me into unwittingly purchasing an $80 Active Advantage membership fee when I registered for the race. Fortunately, I was able to call Active and cancel and get a refund, but beware to all those who register for this race next year. I recommend using an actual computernot an iPhone like I didto register so that you stand a chance of catching all the fine print on Actives website.Atmosphere: I would have given a five-star rating were it not for the principal (?) of the school YELLING through a microphone at the crowd to be silentas if we were childrenduring the post-race home brew contest. 1) The speaker system was loud enough to begin with that one could easily hear what was being said over the crowd noise. 2) If you want silence, maybe reconsider the entire home brew contest format next year.
Very fun. Course is wide, but broken pavement in places and leaves around the edges so if you are planning on being fast, start up front. A few passes I made well on the outside had me a little nervous I'd step on a hidden rock or branch. Hillier than a lot of people were used to, so keep that in mind. Finishes uphill so pacing is a huge plus if you want to look cool for the final 100 yards.