First Light Half Marathon Racewalk

The facts: 2:34. However, I accidentally stopped my watch at mile 6 so there is a missing mile:
11:48, 11:47, 12:02, 12:02, 11:37 (59:19), 11:34, (1:10:53), missing, 11:32, 11:40, 11:31, 11:51, 11:49, 11:47, 1:19 (2:22:25 for 12.1) (about 2:34:17)

Though there was a racewalk division, I had no idea where I finished or if there were judges (I didn’t see any) or if I got DQ’ed.
I made it a point to get my feet down quickly so I was slower than at the Quad Cities (where I just went).

The race was a complete spandex fest…I got eyestrain. 🙂

As far as the course: there is some uphill and there is a slightly rough road stretch were good form is a bit harder, but the finish features a sweet, long downhill. Traffic control is excellent and there is plenty of aid.

Temperatures: low 60’s; couldn’t really be better. The finish is along the restaurant district downtown; the course features lots of large tree lined streets.

I can recommend the race (at least the half marathon; I didn’t see mile 8 through 21 of the marathon course).

Note: since the Go Daddy Bowl was played this evening, the race offered free bowl tickets; that is quite a perk!


Second place male racewalker in 2:34:17. First place male was 2:28; first place female was 2:33 (just ahead of me).


January 8, 2012 - Posted by | racewalking, time trial/ race, travel, walking | ,


  1. Nice race report. Congrats again on your race! I enjoyed reading about your weekend and the bowl game as well.

    Comment by Tammy | January 11, 2012 | Reply

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