Finished in 1:56:37 (official time); no new PR
Overall Place: 640/2,175
Overall Men: 490/1133
Men 45-49: 75/176
Race #99 - Half #38
Another great Brooksie Way half marathon. This was my fifth time running this in the last six years since I started running it. Always well organized, a nice expo for a half marathon, course is well planned and challenging, the crowd support is great and I was able to keep my streak of running all my road half marathons (25 of them) under two hours.
Registration was very easy as you can sign up online via their website.
Packet pickup was at their expo on either Friday evening or Saturday morning. I went Friday evening to see if they had any good deals. It was the usual stuff but a few good deals. I didn't stay long and was able to walk in and out very quickly since there was nobody there when I went.
|Expo at Oakland University|
The race had all the bib numbers up for all the runners. This race seems to get bigger every year!
Saturday morning I ended up getting there at around 6:15am because traffic is usually pretty heavy. There were already lots of cars coming in but I ended up getting a great parking spot right next to the start/finish area. There were lots of runners socializing as I walked around to see the finish area. The race start area is always very organized, and you really need to be, with a race of this size.
|Packet pickup race day|
|Runners in front of me|
|Runners behind me|
The course this year was the same as last year. They used to go onto Tienken but, this year, they again went all the way to Dutton. It's really a much harder course as you will see later in the review. You can see just after the eight mile on the elevation chart how high it is - a pretty steep climb.
|The only goal was sub 2 hours - accomplished!|
The weather was nice for running with an overcast sky but no race. The corral typically goes out pretty fast and then people start to somewhat separate.
|Out the gate!|
|Great running weather|
|Great crowd support|
|Had some hills|
|Some great bands playing|
|Clinton River Trail|
|Going under the bridge|
|This guy was incredible|
|Finally a little trail|
|Back to roads|
|Near the Royal Park Hotel|
|In downtown Rochester|
|Heading to the trail|
|In the park|
|Paint Creek Trail!|
|Continuing on the trail|
|Head this one is tough!|
|Looking back after up the hill|
|Back to roads|
|Almost to Adams|
|Back to Oakland University|
|Coming into the finish|
|One last hill|
The aid stations here are incredible. They are huge and well stocked with water and Gatorade as well as GU in certain spots on the course. There must be an aid station almost every mile on the course. Way too many in my opinion but it sure beats not having enough. The volunteers do a great job and are always cheering for your at each aid station.
The finish is the same as the start area. When you finish, the race offers a bottle of water and some food and then you get your medal. The finish area is very organized and they keep runners moving out of the shoot to free up room for upcoming runners.
For your race entry, a certified half marathon course that is well marked with plenty of aid. You received a custom bib with your name on it. I always like when races do this.
|Custom bib with name|
|Medal close up|
The organization of this race is top notch. Each year they seem to be more and more organized. They really have everything down to a science when it comes to this race and I didn't see any issues this year.
Overall, outside of the cruddy shirt, the race is a fantastic half marathon to run. I wouldn't run it as many times otherwise. The website is well informed (although I was considering transferring to the 10k and couldn't find information about that), the expo is excellent, the communication is great, the start/finish line is always well planned, the course is incredible, the medal is nice and the crowd support is awesome. It really is a fun local half marathon. It's only one of two road half marathons that I ran this year and I enjoyed this one once again. If you have never run the Brooksie Way, it should be one you run at least once.
|That is 25 half marathons all under 2 hours|
Disclosure: I received a complimentary race entry for providing some pertinent race pictures from a prior year. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write this review or give any opinions on it from the race.