Bottom line… This was my favorite road race of the year, even though it was the most difficult race and I didn’t get a PR.
Free parking! The packet pickup was held down at Union Station. I was a little concerned that the parking was going to be packed and that I would actually end up paying for it. I was pleasantly surprised to see lots of parking. The expo wasn’t the biggest, but it was bustling and had everything the runners needed. It was smooth and easy picking up my packet (and my husband’s as well, since he’s in Maryland). The volunteers were so friendly! As I left, the gate to get out of the garage was wide open! No issues and truly FREE parking.
Once again, free parking at the Crown Center area. Arrived around 06:00 and there was lots of parking available.
My only real complaint with the race organization was the lack of corrals. Everyone was shoved into the starting area and there wasn’t any structure to it. I saw pacing signs, so I tried to get close to the 2:10 pacer, but it was so jam packed that I couldn’t really get close to the group.
Starting line selfie with the husband. We ended up running the race together and I enjoyed our time. It was definitely a challenging course, but it was so great to be able to check out Kansas City via a race!
The elevation changes were pretty killer, but I have been training on rolling hills near my house so it was manageable. If you were used to just running flats, this was going to hurt.
Heart rate stayed consistently high throughout, but I didn’t really ever feel like I was dying. Took a GU around mile 6 and walked through most of the water stops (as you can see with my drop in HR).
My pacing wasn’t too bad. You can definitely match the slower paces with the hills in the elevation chart. But overall, I am pleased with my performance during this race, given the challenge.
The shirt is cute, but I don’t really care for the material. It is cotton (or a cotton blend), and I prefer to run in technical shirts. I like the shape of it and it could be good for a lazy weekend day, running errands or something.
The medal was pretty sweet. Nothing too flashy, but I did like it.
This really is a wonderful race and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge!
Location: Kansas City, MO
Date and Time: October 21, 2017 at 7am
Entry fee: Between $70 and $135, depending on date of registration
Post-race Food: Delicious food provided by Seasons 52 (I had a pulled pork sandwich and my husband had a chicken salad sandwich), with a beer (I believe it was boulevard…). They also offer bananas, apples and I think I saw some oranges.