First things first- I love this race! Ran it for the second year in a row and had a blast.
First getting to this race is easy as is finding parking! There is plenty of parking in Kirkland and it’s even free or $5 (Win!). It also started later, around 8am. I ran with two of my Oiselle Volee teammates, one of their husbands and their dog. We even had time to go to Starbucks to keep warm before the start of the race in Marina Park.
First things first, this course is HILLY! Yes, the first part of the race is pretty much straight up hill. But after the first half mile the course is a bunch of rolling hills and then a steep downhill to the finish. Overall I did not find this hard since I knew what I was getting into and I live on a hill so I’m somewhat used to it. I ran the first two miles pretty consistently but I did get a bit tired right before the downhill so my sprint to the finish was a bit of a mess. I tired to out sprint another runner in the end but it didn’t go so well. But it make for some good finish line commentary!
I was the first to finish so I waited for everyone before I explored the the finish chute swag. Each finisher received a medal and commemorative car magnet! Even my teammate’s dog got a finisher medal. There was a photo backdrop for photos and tons of free swag from local companies. Overall it was a fun race and a great way for me to get some faster miles in before I head to New York for the NYC Half next week!
Thoughts on hills- yay or nay?