Finished in 2:12:41 (official time); no new PR
Overall Place: 174/373
Overall Men: 132/223
Men 45-49: 22/39
Race #96 - Half Marathon #36
Another great day at the Legend trail half. This was my third time running this race and I had a great time once again. This is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike. It really is a nice course to run. I actually prefer when it's wet and muddy and it was dry this year but still had a great time. I know I'll be back to this one again.
Running Fit does a great job with registration. They have a website set up just for the race and it's very easy to register online. Five minutes and you are all registered.
Packet pickup had two options. You could pick up your packet the day before the race at the Park or you could pick up race morning. Since the race is about 1.5 hours away, we opted to pick up the morning of the race. Rob, Kevin and I left at 5:45am so it was an early start to the day.
It's never a busy, long line race day and it's how we have always picked up our packets each year. I literally walked up and got my packet. The race had bib numbers out for you and they also emailed them to you as well in a reminder email. You also had the option to register on race day since the race was not sold out.
|Sarah registering day of the race|
The race area was all set up. The emergency crew was ready (and they tend to have some minor injuries at this race but nothing serious). The finish line was also set up and ready to go.
|All set up at the start|
|The lake at the park|
|Port-o-potties - I told Rob to get in the picture because who wants to see just port-o-potties?|
|Runners ready to run|
|Water set up|
|5 mile start|
|Runners behind me|
|Runners in front of me|
|Kevin, Ben and I at the start|
|Third wave for us|
I had no plans for pace and just decided to go out for however I felt given I had just run a marathon the weekend before this. Overall, I felt that I ran it pretty well for me. As you can see, I started out way too fast, slowed my pace and then picked it up at the end of the race. My buddy Kevin said I needed to beat him if I wanted a beer finish. Ha. Look at that increase in speed at the end!
|Splits, map, elevation|
|Start through parking lot|
|Getting to the trails|
|On the trail|
|Follow your color|
|Run through the campground|
|Heading back to trails|
|Back to it|
|Great single track|
|Course markings were awesome|
|Back to the woods|
|Sunny hot day|
|Lots of grass to run|
|Road crossing with volunteers|
|Randy (Race director) from Running Fit|
|Not really muddy this year|
|The grassy areas were awesome|
|Coming up to an aid station|
|Ben running strong!|
|I love this part of the course|
|Back to single track|
|A lot going on here|
|Getting in some hills|
|When wet, this is much different to run in|
|Pushing hard at the end|
|Off the trail|
|Through parking area|
|People cheering - thanks Jeremy!|
|Nice view of lake|
Aid stations were well stocked with water, Gatorade and GU at a couple locations. I think there were four stops and the volunteers are always very cheerful with everyone. The volunteers were numerous and they did an awesome job!
After you finished, you received a bottled water from a volunteer then your race medal. If you were running the Serious Series, you also received your second medal as well as a glass mug too. This was the first year that I had run the race series. I had always wanted to run all three races but I could never get to Flirt with Dirt but this year I was able to fit all three races into my schedule. See my other reviews for more information of the other races.
|Relaxing with the guys after - photo by Han.|
|Finish photo by Han!|
|Another photo by Han - I only put it on because he asked me - yuck! hah!|
|My buddy Kevin brought Yuenglings!|
|Legend medal, Serious series medal and a virtual race too that I did!|
For your entry, you received a measured course on the trails. While my GPS did not come in over 13.1, the GPS is not perfect in the area either. You also received a custom race bib with a QR code on it so you could get immediate results. The race also had results up the same day on their website.
|Custom bib with QR (Red dot is for Serious Series)|
|Tech shirt front|
|Tech shirt back|
|Medal with ribbon|
|Medal close up - nice design!|
|Serious series medal with ribbon|
|Serious Series medal close up|
|Serious Series mug|
The organization for Running Fit Legend was great. Registration is easy. Communication is good via email. The start and finish area are well organized. Volunteers know what to do. The course was marked great. All races should take lessons from Running Fit in regards to course markings and are the best I see at trail races.
Overall, the Legend is one that you should run if you have not. I would not keep coming back (my third year) if I didn't love the course so much. Yes, it's a long drive for me and for many people but such a great time. I may consider camping at the campground next year so I don't have to get up so early. Definitely a race you need on your race schedule. You won't be disappointed with this race, rain or shine.
|Half #36 complete!|
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.