Year Running: 10th!
Runners: 2082 Completed, 710 Females
Race Director: Let's play race director...
~ This race opened up a few thousand more spots for halfies and I think that may have been a mistake. There were 13,000 of them to crush the streets and made the first couple water stops feel like feeding time at the zoo. It's great to have so much participation, but the half-marathon needs to be closed down sooner. Or they can find a way separate the half and full marathon water stops??? The marathon gear could use some perking up as well at the expo-- better shirts, jackets, etc.
(Above: Busch Stadium)
~ I can’t give this race anything less than a 5/5 for the simple fact that I was sprayed with holy water by a catholic priest spectator during mile 7. Aside from that, there were also spectators through the whole race!!!! And they gave us bibs with our names on them so people could cheer us on!
Pace Group: 5.0/5.0
~ They had a pretty solid pace team, especially considering the extreme heat. I ran with the 3:30’s and 3:40’s for a bit and they were pretty dead on. I also saw some of the slower pace teams finish and they didn’t seem to be having too much trouble. Ooooh and the pace team is sponsored by a running skirt company and almost ALL of the members were wearing short flowered running skirts-- yes, all-- including the MEN! When we asked the 3:40 pace leader about the skirt he said “isn’t it great? New for spring!” Umm lol… then he said they were sponsored by the running skirt company and it was a sort of advertising for them. Cool.