Personable Organization and Pleasant Scenery (about: 2000)|
A Runner from Howell, Michigan (9/9/00)
The 41st edition of 'Heart of America' on Labor Day, 2000 was blessed with cool and cloudy conditions, unlike some of the hot and humid HOA runs in recent years. About 150 runners complete the 26.2 miles, with perhaps another 40-50 doing 13.1 training runs. Perhaps another 150 serve as spectators along the way cheering on family and friends. In a word or two, the event is entirely unpretentious and contentedly small. No bands, cowbells or shouting crowds. Just simple rural stretches along farm land and a truly spectacular stretch run along the Missouri River. In a word, a beautiful course with many small to moderate hills. The event organizers are efficient and friendly. The aid stations are plentiful and well-stocked. The t-shirt is a basic gray with event title on front and a neat course map on the back. The medal is similarly understated--one inch wide by one and one-half inches high! Yet, all this and great run with ample post-race refreshments, fruit, pop and bagels, etc. for a $20 registration fee. It was a great run on a challenging and enjoyable course. Well worth the trip!