Like most local races all you got was your shirt and timing chip. This was the second race in recent weeks that I did not have to wear a bib. I am starting to like this non bib thing. I also have to say I really like the shirts. It is a normal T-shirt and is very comfortable. Don't get me wrong I like tech shirts but there is something about a nice cotton T that makes you feel good when your throw it on...No, ok maybe it's just me then.
|Me and Anna|
The course was basically an out and back course. You started in Turtle Creek and ran down a flat road until you came to a bridge that took you into Wilmerding Pa. You ran under the bridge and made a turn back out onto the main road and ran back down into Turtle Creek for the finish. There were 2 water spots one at the first mile marker and one at the second mile marker. They also had a person yelling splits which was nice. One thing that threw me off during the race was as I made it just past the first mile marker I saw the leader go past me and head back to the finish. Normally I don't get pay attention to something like that on out and back courses, but his lead was so far that I was amazed. I ended up finishing with a time of 23:34. The leader finished in 14:32.
Once you finished the race and had your chip cut off you could enter a area that had refreshments. They had the normal water, fruit and bagels. I am not complaining I ate a few bagels and had a few waters. They had a board with numbers that coincided with the ticket they gave you during registration and this was your way of knowing if you won a raffle prize. I didn't win anything but Anna won a nice little cooler. They also gave away a weekend trip to seven springs which was pretty nice. We did not win that either. After the last walker finished they announced the winners and the age group winners. The top guy and girl won 250 dollars, second won 100 and third won 50 dollars. The age group winners won a trophy. I came in second in my age group so was pretty happy. 2 of the top woman could not accept the money and had to give it to charity in order to keep their amateur status. That is another topic for another time, because I think the NCAA is bullshit when it comes to students and money, I digress though.
Overall this race was well organized and had some great competitors. There was plenty of refreshment and more than enough raffle prizes. I think I may have been the only person not to win one. The trophy's were nice for the age groups and any race that gives money out to the top runners is always nice. I am giving this race 5 out of 5 stars. If you live in Pittsburgh and want to run a fast course next year mark this one on your calendar.