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Last Sunday I participated in the annual Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon in my area! If you weren`t sure, a half marathon is 13.1 miles or about 21 km. I ran the Half Marathon last year and I loved it so I decided to do it again! My time wasn`t as good as last year (it went up 10 minutes) but I figure I didn`t train as hard and I was very stressed since the race was during finals week, so I cut myself a break. I`ll just work harder for next year :) My time was 2:16:39.
Here`s my review of the race:
Packet Pick Up:
The lines for packet pick up were MUCH faster than last year! Packets included a racing bib with a computer chip attached on the back (rather than shoe ties like last year), a small sports pack, and an Under Armour material t-shirt.
This is the only site I`ve done a half marathon at, but I think it is a relatively easy course. There are only 3 somewhat hard inclines, and the rest of the time the course is pretty level. The race takes place in the city of Binghamton, so the scenery is urban with lots of buildings and shops. The course incorporates practically of the bridges in the city, all of which cross the Susquehanna river. iPods were allowed on the course this year, which I loved!
The crowd support is awesome! A local runner`s club recruits volunteers equipped with cowbells and signs to cheer the runners on and it is so motivating! There are ample opportunities for family and friends to follow runners on the course since the route overlaps a few times.
There are water and Gatorade stations around every two mile mark and Port-O-Potties around every 3 miles? I`m not exactly sure since I never stopped to use one. The race begins at a local baseball stadium which has bathrooms, but they were REALLY packed at the beginning of the race, so I recommend using your own bathroom or stopping somewhere else beforehand.
This year the Race supplied a pre-race breakfast that was on a first come, first serve basis. I`m a creature of habit, so I just stuck to my normal pre-race breakfast, but a friend told me that muffins, Chobani yogurt, granola bars, juices and milk were offered.
After the race, there was an awesome spread! There was Gatorade, bottled water, pizza, breakfast pizza, Chobani, bananas, apples, oranges, and nachos from Moe`s Southwest Grill!
After Race Extras:
Each runner is awarded with a finisher`s medal. There is also a post-race expo with lots of running gear.
Hope my review was helpful! :D
Cover photo is not mine and is from Kirk & Lesli Van Zandbergen Photography, website in the link below. The rest of the photos are mine :)
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