Date/time: Saturday, May 3, 2014; 8:30 am
Location: St. Josef's Winery; Canby, Oregon
Events offered: Half marathon
Number of runners: 168 (capped at 300)
Swag: I LOVE the shirts!!! They look awesome. More design oriented and stylish than your typical race shirt. The medals, in typical Uberthons fashion, are gorgeous, substantial, and colorful. After the race, qdoba buffet! Yum.
Parking: Parking was a little weird, between rows of grapes? But it worked and was close to the start and finish.
Bag check: No bag check due to parking being so close.
Course: 13.1 miles of paved country road with numerous small hills. Ubethons, you fibbed a little when you said there were only five hills!! My friend Claudia counted 13. THIRTEEN. The last climb was right before the finish and was steep and long. Brutal.
The race: Right before the start of the race, I was wishing there had been more porta potties. There were lots if people in line prior to the start of the race. Prior to the start of the race, I was hoping to PR, but about three miles in, after a few hills, I realized my body was not going to do that on this course. I tried to just run by feel, but pushing myself just a bit. During the middle of the race I suddenly felt energized but then afterwards felt like I'd hit a wall a few miles from the finish. The hills had worn me out. And there was a strong headwind on most of the flat sections. It was not an easy course, and the hill just before the finish was mentally and physically tough. My goal was not to puke as I came across the finish line! 1:56:00? The entire course was very clearly marked at every mile, with additional signs in between, and TONS of awesome friendly volunteers.
Post-race: After wrapping myself in a space blanket (um I like being shiny and crinkly ok? Also, helped protect me from the wind!), I totally went straight to the massage table for a free massage. My legs were so tired, but they did an amazing job really working out my muscles! After the massage, I hit up the free Qdoba buffet for runners, which really hit the spot ($10 for non runners). Chicken, black beans, pinto beans, cilantro rice, Mexican rice, cheese, sour cream, salsa and chips! Wine was available for purchase.
Photos: Not yet available.
Results: I didn't PR but it was harder than I had expected. I did end up placing third in my age group--one of the perks of a smaller race! The Uberthons Spring Marathon is really a fun event. I wish it weren't quite so far from Vancouver, but I'm still looking forward to next year's race.