DeLeon Springs Half Marathon Review
On Sunday I participated in the Deleon Springs Half Marathon. There were approximately 400 runners in the 5K and 13.1 races. I have to say this was the worse race I have run. It’s only saving grace was it was cheap $25-30. Beyond that there is no reason to ever sign up for this race.
|Bonnie and I|
The bathroom situation was a total mess. There was not one portable toilet along the entire race route. In fact, there was not one portable toilet at the beginning of the race. The only facilities were what were permanently at the park. That means there were only 3 toilets and one urinal for ALL the men and 4 toilets for ALL the women. The lines were a mess. Many barely made the race start. If you had to go to the bathroom along the route you were screwed.
The water situation was also a mess. Only one stop had Gatoraid and you had to ask for it. How hard and expensive would it have been to buy a tub of powdered Gatoraid at Sams or Costco.?
Most water stations only filled their water cups a quarter to half way. That would be OK if there were many water stops (which there was not). It was a hot day and everyone was complaining there was not enough water. Many stations ran out of water before the end of the race. When Bonnie asked for more water they said they could not give her more because they were running out.
|Sorry ladies Mr Half TRIing is spoken for!!|
To make matters worse some of the water stops were giving out dirty water. Several runners were complaining (including Bonnie and my friend) that their water cup had dirt in their water. That is not acceptable.
The aid stations had no food, supplements, bananas, GUs, etc. Only dirty water and sometimes not even that.
The route was boring as heck. It was an out and back course on a country road. There was nothing at all of interesting to look at. It was not even a very pretty country road. I started to amuse myself by counting the number of discarded beer and alcohol containers thrown on the side of the road. There were quite a number of these which may explain the two road memorials for road fatalities.
|Imagine this for 13.1 miles. Major snooze fest!|
To make matters worse it rained a few hours before the race and the glare on the street was like staring into the sun. It was ridiculously bright.
When I finished the race there were no water bottles handed out. Only an orange container of water with Dixie cups. The post race party and door prizes were started before many of the runners even finished the race. This was not only rude but you had to be present to win a door prize so many of the winners were still running. The door prizes consisted of last year’s race t-shirts. That seems a little cheap to me. Who the heck wants a 1 year old shirt for a race they did not run.
The race was not chip timed. It was only gun timed. There were also no timer clocks during the race ( only at the finish and 1 mile before the finish). Why would anyone place its only in-race timer at mile 12? Wouldn’t the halfway point make more sense?
The post race food consisted of water, Gatoraid, Fig Newtons, bananas and pears. Not impressive at all and there were no volunteers handing them out so supplies were very limited and went fast.
The grade for this race is an F. I love small races and understand how they need to save money but this was beyond imagination. I have attended many other smaller races and they were never this cheap. Bonnie and I will never do this race again.
I finished at 2:25:56. My results were really poor. To be honest with you I was tired as heck from lack of sleep, had a pain in my left glute and just did not care because the race sucked. I also did not have clearance from my doctor to do the bike ride or the race so I was not going to push it. Shhhh… don’t tell them I was a bad boy.
For a small race there was a good number of Half Fanatics. I ran several miles with Jenna of See Jenna Run (#272). She was a wonderful person and I hope I did not talk her ear off. She reviewed the race here.
My friend Kitzzy of See Kitzzy Run (#687) was also there. Chester( #46) and Gerfa Kalb (#45) were there. Each as over 150 halfs under their belts. They also have as many full marathons under their belts also. That is amazing and they are very nice and humble runners. I love seeing them at races. Elizabeth #(382) was also there. She has over 55 halfs under her belt.
|Me (394), Elizabeth (382), Chester (46) and Gerfa (45)|
Bonnie and My After Party
After the race Bonnie and I went to the Old Sugar Mill Pancake House. This is great places were you sit in front of a griddle and make your own pancakes, eggs, etc. It is fun and the food is great and reasonably priced. It is a treat we only get about once a year. The restaurant is located in DeLeon Springs Park.
|One word.. YUMMY!!|
|The Old Sugar Mill wheel|
|A happy pancake and bacon filled Bonnie|
|Don't even think about touching MY pancakes lady.|
SIDE NOTE: Here is an interesting note about this area. It used to be one of the nation’s first amusement parks. They use to have the world’s only water skiing elephant. Here is a good post about the elephant.