Finished in 2:34:50 (official time); no new PR
Overall Place: 21/36
Men 40-49: 6/6 - really - I suck!
Men overall: 14/22
Timed race #117; Half Marathon #43
A fun half marathon in Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills. This is a park I train in regularly but I have not run the hills that we did in this race. Great way to see new parts of the park that I've not run much. Nice small race. Old school pull tag timing. Awesome sweatshirt. Had a great time.
Registration/Packet Pickup/Start Area
Registration was online and very simple. I decided at the last minute - that week - to sign up for the race so it was a bit more expensive that what I could have paid.
Packet pickup was race morning only given the small race. No need to go to this one early as there is plenty of parking. I was there WAY too early. Bloomer charges $5 for their daily pass. Funny thing is this is the first time I've ever been in Bloomer with my car since I usually run from a couple trailheads on the Clinton River Trail into the park.
|Packet pickup on race day|
I knew that we would be running more hills than I'm used to running in the park so this ended up being a much slower course for me. It didn't help I went out so fast in the first mile either. There is a couple miles on the course that I run regularly so it was nice to see that and also fill in other miles with some areas that I have not run much. The race did a great job with finding a variety of trails to run. One small loop in the beginning and two large loops.
The race started out with a little asphalt through the parking lot to get to the trails. It spread out any crowd at the start. The 10k and half marathoners all started at the same time.
|A little asphalt at the start|
The half marathon runners had to run a 0.75 mile small green loop first and then come around and run 2 pink loops.
|Spread out the crowd|
|Onto the trail|
We had to go up stairs twice and it made for an interesting course. The stairs were really wet so you needed to watch your footing.
|Stairs - twice|
|Great area by the river|
|Part of my regular route|
|More of my regular route|
|Swamp we ran through - just kidding|
|Pam passing me!|
|White lines are the cross country route|
|Time for another loop|
|Well marked course|
We passed by the Velodrome a couple times as well. If you have not seen it, when you run at Bloomer sometime, you should check it out, it's really cool to see this. I'd love to see a bike race there.
|Passed by the Velodrome|
|Down we go!|
|Logs to jump|
|Log to run over|
|Don't fall right|
|fun part of run|
|Back by the river|
|The river was very high given the rains|
|Mile 6 or 12|
|Shoes got a little wet here|
|A little more mud and wet|
|Playing in the mud|
Ed and Nikki and their daughter were helping out at the aid station at the top of the stairs. It was nice to see some familiar faces as I came through the area.
|Ed and Nikki volunteering at aid station 2|
There was also an unmanned aid station for anyone that wanted additional water. Good idea. As mentioned, the other aid station was at the start/finish area.
|Unmanned aid station 3|
The finish area was right back at the start. The race had bananas and fruit bars as well as water for the runners. Pam and I talked for a few minutes but I was soaked and getting cold so I didn't stay around too long.
For your race entry (I paid $65 plus fees), you received a flagged course with finish line food. Timing was pull tag given the small size of the race which made sense and the time pretty much matched my watch.
|Medal close up|
Organization of the race was well done. The race website had information on the race as well as race day information. The director did some announcements before the race (although they could use a microphone). The course markings were excellent. The aid stations were good and well placed with great volunteers. The finish line was well organized.
Overall, I'm glad I decided to run this race. I hesitated to run it just because I do run Bloomer for my regular training runs, however, I'm really glad that I did. I ran some parts of Bloomer that I've not run before which is nice. The course was very nice and had some real challenge to it. There were more hills than I thought. The sweatshirts were awesome and I'm happy I ran it just to get one of those. The race, Move-It Fitness, did a great job. They also have numerous other races throughout the year and I'm sure I'll run more of their races in the future. If you are looking for more trails races, this is one you should check out.
Disclosure: I paid for this race with my own funds. All opinions are my own.