Friday, February 26, 2016

Lake Effect Half Marathon Review

Lake Effect Half Marathon 
February 21, 2016
Liverpool, NY

  Half Marathon 591

Winning Time:


Free race photos: 

Getting back on the horse for half marathon #101

  Just two weeks prior to the Lake Effect Half Marathon I completed my 100th half.  Feeling accomplished and fulfilled for the time being I was left with the "now what" itch. One of the things I learned from all my race adventures and challenging  myself is that you must get back on the horse, the sooner the better. So in order to ensure this I fill up my calendar way in advance. keep the momentum going and do not stop. I must admit taking the 5 hour drive to Liverpool was just the last thing I felt like doing. However experience has taught me that I never regret a race. Get up and do it no matter how you feel because the finish line never disappoints.

     Me eyes had been on this race for the two years prior. Lake Effect promises cold and snow. Just the kind of crazy thing I look for. Plus their medals are always look so pretty. Yes I'm partial to the icy blue colors but I swear that's not why I picked the race.

  A huge plus for a race especially in the winter is close parking. Arriving just an hour before the start we grabbed a nice spot just feet from the finish line and tent. Having already picked up our race Bibs the day before meant we could could sit in the car. No long walk back and forth to  PPU is greatly appreciated. Staged at Onondaga State Park we had a nice view of the partially frozen lake as we waited for the race to start.   

  While I run all different types of race the mid size and small races tend to be my favorite. We gathered at the start line had a quick briefing and were set on our way.  Oh I almost forget the ever important porta potty situation. No line the two times I ran to them and fully stocked. I do recall seeing some on the course as well. 

   This is an out and back twice, flat course within the park. NO CARS! Very peaceful along the lake. We were fortunate with a somewhat milder day then normal for this race. No snow or ice on the  pavement. Darn it!!! That is what I went for.  Plenty of water Gatorade and gels along the course. The vibe of the race...have fun! I found it to host very friendly runners. 

Watch a short video filmed from my perspective here:  

  Lake effect Half Marathon does a great job with this race. They also worked with the 100 Half Marathons Club this year to offer some of our members an exclusive discount. After the race we were treated to broths from Core and chicken soup from Diamond Catering   

Nice tech woman's cut shirt 
Awesome finisher medal with a spinner snowflake  
Free race photos 

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