Off to a great Start!.... (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Sandy, UT (5/11/01)
First year race.
As such there were a few glitches. Mostly pre-race stuff (at least that I noticed). They mailed bibs-I didn't receive mine so I had to get an alternate. (ironically I live about 1.5 miles from the organizers office) A friend of mine was put in the wrong age group. Little nit picky things mostly. They put this thing together in about 4 months. They didn't have the necessary permits until end of December or first of January.
Given those factors, I thought they did a good job. The course was great. Point to point course, run through a beautiful rural area. Total elevation drop of about 900'. Down a canyon, around Pineview Reservoir then down Ogden Canyon and through the Ogden River Parkway trail and into town. Only one significant uphill and it was at about mile 14-15. And it isn't bad. Sorta rolling before that, but only a couple - none significant. Most of the elevation drop is in Ogden Canyon over about 6 miles. Good spectator participation in the first 15-20 miles.
People in yards cheering you on, one guy was playing accordion music for us-somebody said it was the Rocky theme - I didn't really pay that close attention to it. After the halfway point there was a family waiting for a runner that was playing Eye of the Tiger on a boom box or car stereo.
Course has the potential to be pretty fast. Men's winner ran a 2:41 Womens a 2:58. Most of the top runners in the area were at other events. Utah had 2 place in the top 10 at Pittsburgh, both with the potential to lower that time.
Once on Washington Blvd near the end the spectator participation is not as good until you get about a 1/2 mile from the end then it gets better.
About 350 runners for the full, 70+ teams for the relay & a couple hundred or so for a 5k. Food, aid stations, more than adequate buses were done great. I would do it again.
My only complaint (and this is really nit picking) is I would have liked to see a couple more aid stations in later miles. From mile 20 on there were only 3 (not including finish) 13 total and that included the finish.
I ran a 38 minute PR on this course on training that was less than for Top of Utah last year. My biggest week was only about 38 miles.