What a GREAT weekend! A bunch of us Canucks heading to Detroit for the “FreeP” weekend. There were a mixture of us half-ers and full races including friends who were running their 28th and 10th marathons respectively. Awesome…
The Expo was..the Expo. Easy race kit pickup and the usual vendors. And some of us geek’ed out with doing the photo thing.
Race Day dawned early with a 7am start time. It was a wave start with each corral leaving ~ 2 min apart. The half and full runners stay together until about 20km but I never found it crowded at all.
The first few KMs of the race were in darkness…and I don’t think in the greatest area either. It was dark so easy to not really notice, especially because you are heading to the Ambassador bridge from Detroit into Windsor. I loved this part – there were tons of people taking pics as the sun was coming up as we went over the bridge.
Into Windsor was awesome – the run along the lakefront, the University, the spectators/volunteers were very cool. At about 10km you enter the tunnel to get back into Windsor.
Meaning you are running in a closed in tunnel under water. I had a mild panic attack then just sucked it up and ran. :)
The rest of the half leads you through different parts of Detroit. Our friends who did the full said the remainder of the course was very nice and well staffed as was the entire race.
I knew early in the race (and after the 3rd porta potty stop) this would not be a PB and I was totally ok with that. I enjoyed the run, the weather, chatted with a few people and smiled.
It was a great way to celebrate half marathon #10.
If you are thinking of running the FreeP…don’t think. Do it. It was a fantastic race. Amongst my friends, we had some PBs, a 3rd place AG finish in the marathon but we all agreed it was a great race. I know there was a bit of an issue late on the weekend with people potentially having to actually carry their ID with them (it is an International race after all) but everything else with the race was fantastic.
It was sad to see the state of Detroit to be honest. My friend and I went for a run on Saturday – downtown at 8:30am and it was almost desolate. Even driving back on Monday morning, we saw few people. Sad and I hope things turn around….