Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on my Country Music Marathon recap. I loved seeing all the support come through after I pushed publish. You are all so unbelievably supportive!
Now that you all heard how the race went, I figured I would share with everyone a few key takeaways from Saturday’s Race. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from the 2012 Country Music Marathon.
The city did a great job of supporting the runners. On just about every bit of the course, you could bank on having a scream, a clap, or a hose directed at you. All of the locals could see how hot it was, and pulled hoses from their yards to help cool us down, along with sliced oranges and bananas. A big thanks to all of Nashville for that! It made a big difference for all of us!
Everything at the expo was extremely seamless. I never waited for more than a minute in an lines, and the vendors were all amazing. The area for packet pick up was huge, so it never felt crowded at all. I did get in Friday before lunch, so that may be a reason I didn’t have to fight the crowds. Even so, great job on that one RNR
This was an absolute breeze. I quickly dropped off my bag a few minutes before the start, and had no problem picking it up after the race was over. The lines were very minimal, and everything was incredibly quick. There is nothing worse than having to wait a solid 10 minutes after running a marathon for a bag, and luckily, this was not the case at the Country Music Marathon. The UPS trucks were easy to spot, and the volunteers did an awesome job being super speedy!
Port O Potties
There were just not enough of them. I heard people say they stood in line to up to 25 minutes! That is an incredibly long time to wait to go to the bathroom, especially right before a race. There was plenty of space to put more toilets in Centennial Park for everyone, without a doubt. I ended up taking matters into my own hands, and popped a squat right before the race behind a building. Thanks for the honk, creepy on looking car
From my previous recap, this is probably a given. I thought I was prepared for the hills in Nashville. I trained on some big hills, and some little hills, but there was one thing that I was lacking – rolling hills. If you are looking to run Nashville, I have one piece of advice: run it for fun, and don’t plan to PR – unless of course you train on hills regularly. I thought the elevation chart on the site was very misleading, and then googled for the map again and found this one – much more to scale.
Post Race Fuel
When I finished close to 4 hours, there was plenty of food from all of the sponsors and race support – frozen strawberries, Gogurt, chocolate milk, bagels, granola bars – the works. That was not the problem. However, I waited another 2 hours until my friends crossed the finish line. Their post race fuel was next to nothing. There was literally only water, Gatorade and bananas left. Everything else was packed up. The area where all of the vendors were was completely barren. I was extremely disappointed in RNR for this. Every single runner, from the very first to the very last, should have the exact same experience. We all should be properly refueled.
With all of the space at LP Field, I think the finish line could have been placed in a wider area. The half and full marathon finishers finished in the same spot, just on different sides. Once everyone crossed the line, all the runners were bottle necked, and shoved together. This was pretty rough when I finished, as there were still a lot of half marathoners finishing up that walked the course. It would have been really nice to have a little more space to walk around, and not feel quite so claustrophobic .
All in all, I thought Rock N Roll did a good job with the race. I can’t say I would be back for the full, but I would give the half marathon a shot if I ever live close to the course
What are your thoughts on the course for anyone that ran? Has anyone else ran an RNR event with similar issues or benefits?