For hydration I used my Amphipod Handheld Thermal Lite 20oz bottle ( review here ). I adore this bottle. I was able to carry all the things that I didn't stuff in the boob part of my tank top in the hand strap pocket, and I love always having quick access to my favourite trusty blue Gatorade.
The race itself cost $65 to register - not terrible as far as half marathons go, though it's still pricy. However, the value for the race was pretty awesome. The entry fee included:
Post-race, myself, Erin and Corey all went for our ritual post-race burgers... though I kind of cheated and had post-race nuggets instead...
... and this loveable cookie/ gingerbread tiger who I named Tony. A lesson: don't be a 4-year old like me and name your food, it's infinitely harder to eat it and you become attached it it when it has a name.
My Overall Thoughts
Anyway, before I go off on my loopie tangents! My overall thoughts on the race - wonderfully done. The course was gorgeous. It's pretty flat (ideal for a PB!) and even though the half involved 2 laps of the same course, it was so pretty that you didn't mind. I could see it getting a little monotonous for the full marathon though, 4 laps could have been excessive!
The only other complaint I have was that the Expo was pretty sparse. I really love Expos and wandering the booths, but it isn't as much fun when there are only 6 or 8 booths! Give me somewhere to burn some guilt-free money, dammit!
The support was great and I loved how the entire community seemed to be involved. Everything ran very smoothly and was very well organized. The course was well marked, there were tons of water stops and the value for the money was outstanding. I'd rate this one a 9.6/10 - fantastic. I'd highly recommend it and I'll be doing it again next year.