Showing posts from April, 2011

Race for the Roses Half Marathon

This is one of my favorite half-marathons. Held on the first Sunday in April every year it benefits a great organization, Albertina Kerr, that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities. A couple of the things that make this race really great.
Indoor location pre- and post-race. Most races have you shivering outside in the street somewhere, relying on porta-potties, etc... This race starts and ends just outside the Oregon Convention Center. They rent out one of the large exhibit halls for the race so everything pre-race is indoors - baggage check, regular bathrooms, AND there is even a large stretching area. It is great to just be able to hang out in the warmth pre-race. Good organization from beginning to end.A decent size - not too big and not too small (about 1800 in the half-marathon). You definitely get the feel that you are racing but you aren't surrounded by so many people that you are just people dodging for miles.A good course. The first 4 miles involve…