Saturday, December 31, 2016

Run for the Lakes Marathon and Half Marathon

Run for the Lakes Marathon and Half Marathon - April 29

Cost: Probably the best part of this race is its value. It's only $55 for the full marathon before Dec. 31, and raises incrementally to $80 by April 28. The half marathon is $50 before Dec. 31 and raises incrementally to $75 by April 28.

Gear and food: I've liked my finisher shirts both years I've done this race. The food at the finish line is also pretty good.

Weather: The weather at this one is usually good for marathoning, though it has snowed and rained.

Aid stations: The aid stations are just the right distance for most people.

Scenery: If you like trees this is your race. The marathon is two loops through wooded areas-- I did find the second loop to be a bit tedious as far as scenery goes. If there was more to see than mostly trees, it'd be better.

Crowd support: This is not the race for you if a lot of crowd support is important to you. There are very few people cheering out on the course. It is, however, fairly easy for your own spectators to see you several times on the course.

Though Run for the Lakes isn't my first choice for a spring marathon, it's a decent course and a great value. All in all I would recommend this one if you're looking for a lower-priced race. The course is fairly flat, so it's reasonably fast.

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