Non-Race Report: 13.1 Minneapolis.

November 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is long overdue, but I wanted to finally follow-up on the 13.1 Minneapolis from August.  You might remember that I received two complimentary registrations for this race that I gave away to readers.
I did hear back from one of the readers who had nothing but positive things to say about the race:
  • “nice race”
  • “well organized”
  • “lots of water stops for a half”
  • “decent fan support”
  • “enjoyed the course along the river”
  • “it looked like they had plenty of buses available”
  •  ” finisher’s medals were on par with major marathons”
I also wanted to see what some others had said about the race, the handy-dandy Google machine found these race reports:
  • Beth who used it as a training run.
  • Kkinnea who also used it as a marathon training run.
  • Cindi had a victory!
  • Caitlin who owned the race.
The only complaint I could find in these race reports was port-a-pottie related but that was even minor.
Overall, seems like a good race–the timing, mid August, is a little awkward to make it a Priority Race but as a couple of bloggers mentioned above did, it might work great as a training run for a Fall full or half.
Have you ever ran a big race that had ENOUGH port-a-potties?
Does August, in Minnesota, seem like the ideal time to run your Goal Race?
Did you run Minneapolis 13.1?
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13.1 (Half) Marathon Minneapolis Give-Away

July 10, 2011 § 15 Comments

I mentioned that I might be running another half this summer despite plans to focus on shorter stuff.

This disturbing change in planning occurred because I was contacted by a representative at 13.1 Minneapolis offering two free entries and discounts to readers of my blog.  A sucker for “free”, I was definitely interested.

I did some research–searching for race reports from last year–and the reports I found were positive.  There were some minor complaints: port-a-potties, lack of music–but nothing unusual, which was good, especially considering that 2010 was the first running. Taking a look at the route map and elevation data from MapMyRun data showed that course isn’t exactly flat but the major hill is actually where I did my Daws Hills workouts this spring so I’m at least familiar with the enemy.

So I agreed to help promote the race (starting with this post) in exchange for two free entries and a code (12RUNMN) for $10 off registration at http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1972207.

I plan to use one of the free entries myself but I’m giving away the other free entry to a reader. All you have to do to enter is post a comment to this message before July 18th. I’ll randomly select (I just happened to find my Dungeons & Dragons dice yesterday) a winner from all the entries on July 19th.  I also checked and if the winner prefers to run the 5k, I can get a code for that race instead.

Good luck & Thanks for Entering.

2010 Race Reports:

Beth’s 13.1 Marathon Minneapolis- Race Report.

Positive mention at Active.com

Jen and Kellybee both ran the 5k and  had positive comments.

Ryan, a 15-year old trying to raise $100,000 for a variety of charities, ran a 1:44.

ramberg_jk15 struggled with the hills but enjoyed the race

 
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