Fast & Scenic, Decently Organized, Nice Field Size (General Comments)|
A Runner from Suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota (10/5/00)
(Ran in '00.) This is a nicely sized, scenic race with decent organization. Point-to-point, gradual downhill course where the few uphills are always followed by even longer, easy downhills. Good place to try for a PR or BQ. Course open to vehicles, but traffic is light or monitored well. Late-race traffic slightly worsens because of time of day and in-town locations. Course oriented to take advantage of prevailing NW winds, which did not occur in 2000... moderate headwind much of the way. Temps this year (60s-70s) warmer than ideal. Start area provides some indoor shelter (factory hallways and break room). Aid stations appeared sufficient, but locations described were liberal; for example, 1st one, listed as 'Mile 2,' was more at like mile 2.7. One station was minimally staffed, potentially a problem if big groups passed. Chips used, but no mat at start; fortunately field of 500-700 moves out quickly, so time lost isn't much. Relay starts later. Giveaways incl. long-sleeve shirt and commerative champagne split. Spectators can easily view runners at multiple points. Final stretch has several turns and bends. Decent post-race food selections (though short of warm-day food options) and massages available. Prelim. results posted and updates fairly quickly at finish. Good vacation area great for fall colors, wineries, and glassmaking. Some changes might be in store for upcoming years, as present race directors are contemplating quitting.