Flat,Country Course; Small-Sized Race (General Comments)|
A Runner from Suburb of Minneapolis, MN USA (8/17/00)
(Run in 97.) Not bad effort by organizers/volunteers. Basics are covered. Summer heat can be a factor Point-to-point course, with few turns, runs through rural areas with no real shade, but fortunately pig manure smell not as bad as anticipated. Some have called course 'boring.' Limited lodging near start in Storm Lake; reserve room early or prepare for some race-morning travel. Good for runners, bad for spectators... in 97, course was closed to traffic, making it difficult for spectators to follow along. Given local traffic at that time, more-open roads wouldn't unduly stress runners. Showers available at finish area. Maybe take along/make arrangements for extra fluids (# of aid stations might not be sufficient for those finishing >4 hr). Marathon relay concurrent.