Sunday October 6, 2013 9:30 AM, University of Iowa Ashton Cross Country Course. Sunny, clouds moving in 43 degrees.
Race is held to honor the life of Steve Goff. From the pre-race stories, he seemed like an excellent man, anyone who can run a marathon while under going chemo treatments is a Rock Star in my book.
Pre-Race: Registration was available weeks before the race through the University Intramurals program for only $12. Same day registration for only $15. Plenty of parking in the nearby Hawkeye commuter lot. Plenty of port-a-potties near the entrance to the course.
Race: The walkers started at 9 and runners started at 9:30. Grass cross country course, no major ruts, a few exposed dirt spots. A few hills, but nothing too steep. Volunteers at all the major turns to direct you. Water stop at around the half way point. Course was marked for every K, not in miles. Finish marked with flags at the chute. No official time results, just took bib tags as race placement.
Post Race: Overall male and female winners were awarded an Intramural t-shirt. Drawing held for other participants to win gift certificates. Water available.
Overall: The course is the perfect challenge, not a crowded field of participants, great cost! I will always try to run this race, join me next year!
Personal: My husband works with the University Rec Services which is part of the Iowa Intramurals, so we always try to run this race. Josh had to run an errand so it was just me. I arrived early and got my bib number, waited for more participants, I believe at the time the race started there were only 2 walkers and 8 runners. This was tough for me, I ran a great time, but came in second to last, also ran without my tunes. Oh well, I will be back.