OUC Half Marathon and 5K 2010 Review
On Saturday I participated in the OUC Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida. This race starts at Lake Eola and winds around the streets of the city of Orlando.
The beneficiary of this race was the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation. This foundation “serves as the charitable arm of Florida Citrus Sports and is committed to improving the lives, health, and education of children in our community through the following programs: Take Stock in Children, Florida Citrus Sports Summer Camp, Day for Kids, and the Dream Ticket Clearinghouse.” SOURCE
|Before the race|
|Lake Eola (The race start)|
|Lake Eola and the ugly "Married with Children" water fountain|
This was a very large local race. The race had over 3000 runners participating in the half marathon. The start of the race was very crowded and it took about a mile and a half to clear up. The race than ran through the streets of Orlando. These are the same streets I travel on every day. I have seen these streets over a thousand times a year. The race path even ran within a block of my house. I could have thrown a stone and hit my house if I wanted to.
|Pretty and mean swan at Lake Eola|
|White Egret at Lake Eola|
All the volunteers and police officers were great. . The race volunteers where eager to cheer you one and hand out water. There where police officers at every major interception holding back traffic. This must have caused many motorists some major headaches. The blocking of many of downtown Orlando’s intersections quickly created traffic congestion. They changed the route this year so it would not include so much cobblestone roads but still much of the race was run on these knee killers.
The race was reasonably priced. The price of the race was between $45-$55 (depending on when you registered). With the registration you got the typical long sleeve tech shirt.
The post race area had about 10 tents with people handing out the usual bags, coupons, advertisements, etc. The weird part was nearly all the tents were empty with no one in them. Those manning the tents ran out of everything they were handing out by the two hour half marathoners finished the race.
The post race grub included the typical water, sports drinks, bagels and bananas. There was a DJ playing music and inflatable slides and moonwalks for the little kids. The cool part of the post race was you got TWO FREE BEERS. Quinton would have loved this race!! After two beers maybe he would stop whining about not getting a RUNNER RUNNER RUNNER shirt (although I also am feeling a little left out :-( ).
|Free beers and race bling|
Overall this was a good race. It was run by the local running store Track Shack. Any race they put on is always good, very well organized and greatly planned out. I was close to home and it was cheap so it definitely beat another boring training run. I would give the race a C+. I would have graded it a B but the cobblestone roads, boring route and lack of variety at the water stops caused it to drop to a C+. I will do the race again and I would recommend it to others.
|Mr Half TRI-ing|
Triston and Bonnie also did this race. Bonnie has also had a packed race schedule. She did two full marathons in 8 days followed by this 13.1. She became a marathon maniac last week. She was so excited she had to pose in her new shirt as soon as she got it.
Triston PRed on this race. He finished at 2:34:25 with an 11:47 pace.
|Triston and Me|
|The family post race|