January 25, 2014, 10 am, Amana, IA. Sunny 10ish degrees, negative wind chill temps, windy!
Race is part of the Amana Winterfest.
Registration: Available online until a few days prior to the race for $20. Same day registration for $25. Included with registration was a t-shirt or a “meat bag,” running coupons, race bib, and a timing chip. The meat bag included polish sausage, andouille sausage, dill mustard, Millstream brewing ticket and caramel corn puffs.
Packet pick up/Pre-race: Plenty of parking in lots near by. Only one, indoor restroom for each gender (long lines). Packet pick up from 8:30-9:30 in indoor warehouse. Bib number look up was posted. Could wait inside.
Race/ course: Chip time with gun start. Out and back. Patches of ice. One hilly section. All paved, no potholes or cracks to worry about. No water stops. No mile markers. No spectators, just runners cheering others at the end. Volunteers patrolling major intersections. Finish marked with a clock and timing mats. Chips removed from shoes.
Post Race: Gathering in warehouse where packet pick up was held. Cookies, bars, bagels and hot chocolate, plenty for all. Awards given to overall winners and AG winners. Times were posted. Drawing held for random prizes, but had to register before the race to be eligible (I wasn’t told about this, didn’t get to enter)
Overall: Relatively flat, easy to navigate course. Not crowded. Great race to keep the legs moving in the winter.
Personal: OMG the weather was brutal! The wind, the cold, the ice, and the numb toes made it a tough race. Especially the part where We had to run head on in the wind. Also the training for the Blue Ridge Marathon has begun, so this was a way to ease into it. I also like this race because of the WInterfest activities going on in town. However it was too cold to explore too much.