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I ran the Half.<br><br>
Pre Race Expo was okay I got there late on Friday evening so most of the exhibators were gone. Scored a nice running hat from saturn. Packet pickup was well organized and easy. The parking was free and in the Heart of downtown at crown plaza. Also included in the pack was a 25 dollar gift certificate for resturaunts in the freight house distract were the finish line was. The restuarants threr are preety good and an entree runs around 25$ so a nice touch.<br><br>
Race Start was at 0700am. we got there around six. Parking was in the crown center covered garage a half block from the start and free and no problem. It is also about three blocks from the finish.<br><br>
The race was about 5000 1500 for thr thon 1500 for the half and the rest for the 5K. The start is in crown center Marathoners and Halfers start at 7 5K at 0715. Plenty of poto johns and water available. Pace groups available. Start went off on time very little jostling nice.<br><br>
1-3 about 1.5 gently rolling terrain downhill leading to the first climb from about 1.5 to 2 I figure about 125 ft el change. Tops out at the Liberty Memorial. The Sun was illuminating the tower very nice.<br><br>
3-8 is rolling I would guess there are about seven ups and downs averaging about a 50 foot elevation change. The course at this point goes through Westport and the country club plaza and past the lawn of the Nelson atkins museum and all the KC City Fountains. The Marathon breaks out at the six mile point. The run than breaks into neighborhoods with a lot of really nice Craftsman large homes and a lot of small parks.<br><br>
8-10 The marathon rejoins at mile 8 (21 for the marathon) the second major hill goes from 8-10. I am thinking about 200 ft in the two miles. Challenging but doable.<br><br>
10-12 tending downhill but rolling.<br><br>
12 to the finish downhill very energizing good for a fast finish.<br><br>
Course support aid staions about every two miles all well run and well stocked water gatorade and every other one had vaseline and medical support. there was a station at both mile eleven and twelve (24 and 25 for the marathon) Nice touch. Bands about every four miles also a nice mix with a couple of the better Kansas City Jazz Bands.<br><br>
Finish and Post Race. The chute was good at removing chips and getting you started. You go directly to a no return food line. The food line was very good. Kansas City Rotissery Coffee (prime) Oranges bannanas grapes. some really good small sweet rolls yogurt and milk. They also had bags to carry your booty. The PRT had more water and gatorade available and you got three six ounce beers from boulevard brewery a kansas city tradition.<br><br>
Weather was warmish for this time of year race started at about 58 at the two hour mark it was about 70 but at four it had humped up to about 78. It would normally be much cooler but KC set a record Saturday.<br><br>
My race I was planning for a 2:10 no mile was above 10:00. I ended up at 2:05. This bettered my 45 year age group pr by 17minutes from a race two weeks ago. I attribute this to an easier course and much friendlier temps. I ran this one with six other folks. They all had positives to say about the course.<br><br>
I so impressed enough to intend to do the marathon here next year. For a half you get marathon level ammenities for a half which is nice.<br><br>
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Congrats! Glad you missed the rain we had here. Great effort! Nice to finish strong and see yourself going twice as far.
 

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Congrats on the PR and thanks for the report. Any plans to run either of the two upcoming half/full marathons in Springfield MO? There is one on Nov. 3 and one on Dec. 30. The November race is a little too soon for me but I'm training for the Dec. 30 race.<br><br>
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Congratulations on a well-run race, and a new PR, Road Hawk. I'm glad it was such a good experience for you. (FYI, the 2006 KC 1/2 was my first...I also felt it was a really well-run race. I would have run it again this year but just wasn't ready for that distance yet after my injury). Anyhow, it sounds like you had a good time, and that's icing on the cake!
 

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Congratulations on the AG PR, Road Hawk!<br><br>
I've never tried a HM connected with a marathon... the extra support sounds wonderful.
 

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Awesome Ag PR Roadhawk! Sounds like a great race and you ran an excellent race! 17 minutes is a lot to shave off in 2 weeks - easier course or not!
 

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Nice racing Roadhawk! That 17 minutes is a huge improvement! Congratulations.
 

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Congrats Road Hawk on the big AG PR, 17 minutes in a half is awesome.
 

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It's tough to be original with a response, Road Hawk, as the 17-minute improvement on the half you ran not long ago kind of jumps off the page!!!!<br><br>
Hope the weather is cooler for you next year.
 

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I am I was around the old kicksters before the shift and CR after that. I was off the roads for about three years. But I am back
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I just got back to see this!! Welcome back, it's great to see you again.
 

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sorry about this was out of town the weekend of the race, and happend to see this thread, glad you had a chance to run this race.<br><br>
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