We all had a blast at the Dog Town Half Marathon. I can’t even think of any complaints about this race besides the fact that they didn’t offer gummy worms and twizzlers at the aid stations (do any races do that? Please let me know so that I can register right this second).
We got down to St. George about 30 minutes before the expo ended (look at us living on the edge) on Friday night and we waited in line for maybe 6 minutes. Everything was very organized and we got our bag of ads and cliff bars right away.
Since it was late by the time we were thinking about dinner, we just wanted something that we knew we liked so we drove a few blocks down to Costco for our carb-loading feast.
Pizza, lemonade and churros. I think this is Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagans exact same pre-race fuel. Google it.
We got to bed at about 10 and woke up feeling great. The race didn’t start until NINE A.M. which is really weird to me since I am used to most of Utah’s 5:30 or 6 a.m. race starts. It worked out perfect because after we were bussed up to the starting line (it was a point to point marathon…hallelujah!) it was still a little chilly.
We did the smart thing and decided to sit next to a police car that was running to provide us warmth, it worked.
I really do love small races. It was so fun to meet up with different people like Toby below and we got to know some new friends on the bus and while we were all waiting around. I really like the chill atmosphere. Bag drop-off was super easy too and we just wrote our name on a garbage bag and put our stuff in it!
The race started at 9:03 and as soon as we started running it felt like the optimal temperature for running. The course started along a paved trail that wove through some gorgeous neighborhoods. It is amazing how many trails and paths there are in St. George…..I think I want to move back. There are over 600 miles worth of running trails with perfect weather 10 months of the year.
We then headed through a gorgeous canyon called Coral Canyon and I loved every second of the scenery. There were a bunch of steep rollers throughout the canyon which was really fun. There was also a river that ran along the trail for a majority of the canyon.
After the canyon we ran on roads for the last 5 miles. There was a a pretty steep hill at mile 9 that was 3/4ths of a mile that was a 6% incline, I thought I was going to die but right after the uphill was a bunch of downhill and the race ended with a flat stretch that was really nice.
The results: (billy filled out my registration….um, FYI honey I am 26….I am sorry for aging:)
I didn’t take any pictures at the finish line but they offered massages, oranges, grapes, delicious bread, gatorade and water. We stuck around talking and stretching for about an hour and then headed off to the best refueling of my life (more on that later).
Below picture taken after we went to breakfast and got back to where we were staying. I can’t tell you how fun it was to run with my sister. She is the funniest person I know and I love that I can talk to her about everything. Thanks for coming down with us sissy and making that race so darn fun for me.
Another awesome thing about the Dog Town 1/2 is that they give you the coolest stuff. AWESOME running shorts (with built in underwear:) and a dog tag necklace for finishing! The race was only $40 and so I would say we got WAY MORE than what we paid for between the gear and the awesome course support, beautiful course, bussing and food at the end!
What is the coolest thing that you have received from a race?
Favorite race start time?
Loop, point to point race or out an back course, what is your favorite?
Does your area have running trails/paths? Do you wish there were more? PS all of you New Yorkers, I will forever be jealous of your access to Central Park.