Finished in 2:11:56(official time); no new PR
Overall place: 204/422
Overall men's place: 156/247
Race #77 and half #28
This was my second time running the Legend course. I ran this last year as well. The great thing about it is that with the rain the night before the race, it made for quite a muddy run and felt like a much different race. The race was well organized, a fantastic course(which is why I came back) and I used it to celebrate my running buddy's birthday. I would not hesitate to come back again. This race is so much fun!
Registration was super easy as it always is with Running Fit's events. All you did was go onto the race website(they have a website for every race they offer) and complete your registration online. It was easy as that.
It was an early morning as my running buddy and I were set to meet at 5:30am and drive out that morning. Yes, you can camp the night before but it's about 1:30-1:40 to get there and not that big of deal. It was beautiful out that morning and I grabbed a picture of the cool sun over the foggy fields.
|A beautiful morning|
The race had a few port-o-johns which seemed to be enough. There was also regular bathrooms too which was nice.
|Real bathrooms and port-o-johns|
|Sleepy Hollow State Park|
After we got our packets, I got some pictures of the start area. Again, it was set up similar to last year with the start near the lake. You also had the opportunity to register that morning if you had not registered already.
|Race day registration|
|Runners waiting to run|
|Runners ahead of me|
|Runners behind me(with a great view of the lake)|
I had no goal for the race except to enjoy myself and that I did! I was supposed to run 20 miles today since I have the North Country Full in three weeks. As an alternate plan, I ran 5 miles on Friday, then this race and then 7 miles on Sunday. It tired me out as much as a 20 miler.
Since it was pretty much a training run for me, the only thing I wanted to do is not push the pace too much and finish feeling good. I accomplished that and it made for a really enjoyable race. I didn't go crazy and kept most splits in the 10/mile pace. As you can see, the elevation is not extremely tough and if you were racing it, you could really get a great time on this course.
|Map per Garmin|
|Elevation per Garmin|
|Splits per Garmin|
The race starts with a small portion in the parking lot. Of course, it's my least favorite part of the course but you are not on it long and on the trails before you know it.
|And were off; small part in the parking area|
|Ahhhh, on the trails|
|a little crowd to start but not bad|
|Shawn kicking some butt in the orange|
|Pond next to the trail|
|You could smell the bacon|
|Well marked course|
|Nice grassy surface|
|Mile 1 and volunteers helping|
|Back to trail|
|Parts were wide enough to pass|
|My buddy Kevin kicking butt in the mud|
|Follow the leader|
|I love this picture|
|A couple spectators at the road|
|More trail markings - White is half marathon; orange is 10 miler|
|Love this part of the trail - I stopped to get this picture because I love it so much|
|10 mile mark|
|I love how things grow around you on the trail|
|Mud - you were not getting around this|
|Some more muddy puddles|
|Almost done with trails|
|Back to short pavement|
|Around the parking lot|
|Heading towards the lake|
|Girl in front of me not paying attention to the flags|
The aid stations were well stocked and had plenty of volunteers. They had Gatorade and water at the aid stations as well as GU at one of the stations too. They were evenly disbursed on the course. I didn't use them because I was testing some new water bottles I wanted to use for my full but was happy to see them out on the course for everyone.
The finish area was back at the starting area. They had muffins, bagels, and bananas for the runners. They must have had cookies too as I got the last one. I do enjoy the muffins since it's nice to have something different. I wish there had been more cookies though.
|A bit muddy today|
For your race entry(I paid $46.50 including online fees), for that, I received a timed and supported trail course. While it was open to traffic, there were only a few road crossings so it was very safe. Your bib had a QR code so you could get results instantly after your finish. They also had results at the finish.
You also received a tech race shirt. In this case, the shirt is an A4 brand. This was probably the biggest disappointment of the entire race. One of the best things of last years race was getting a Brooks tech shirt. The A4 shirts run big and when you run in it, it feels like running in a tent. I tried to get a smaller size after the race but the registration tent with shirts were gone. Had it mentioned the branch on their website, I would have chosen a smaller size.
I hope that Running Fit does not start cheaping out on the shirts. It's one of the things I really like about their races. Unfortunately this shirt will only get worn for the occasional bike ride or the pool. It's a shirt I would rarely run in. I would ask that all race directors(not just Running Fit) go run a half marathon in August in this type of shirt then decide if it's what you would wear?
The race also gave finishers medal and this years was awesome. They really stepped up their medals this year and this was much nicer than last year. I love the design and the custom ribbon too. A great improvement!
|Bib with QR code|
|Shirt front - sorry I hate A4 shirts|
|Medal with custom ribbon|
|Medal close up|
As would be expected from Running Fit, they did an excellent job at organization. The registration process is easy. The website is always informative. The start area and finish area are well planned out. The course is well marked with flags. The results are immediate. The volunteers are plentiful and nice - most of which are runners working for a race discount. Excellent job!
Overall another excellent experience running the Legend half marathon. Running Fit has done an excellent job on their races this year and the Legend was no exception. Was it muddy? For sure! But it's a trail race and in my opinion what makes it fun. Bring on the mud every year! If you have not run the Legend, you are missing out.
|Muddy but successful!|
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.