I promise this is the final Nike Women’s Half Marathon post! I thought it was important to discuss the pros and cons of this race.
—Awesome flat course—supposedly there were a few hills (?) but I never noticed them compared to what I had been running in Mississippi, St. Louis and Little Rock in the past.
—Technology—wow, Nike does it right! From the expo to the cameras on the course, Nike gets an A+ for their uses of technology
—On-course support—extremely great! Lots of entertainment and cheering sections!
—Tiffany Necklace—as most of you know, I’m obsessed with bling. I don’t run/travel for races unless the medal is pretty good. This race didn’t have a medal, but a Tiffany necklace! It’s the tiniest medal I’ve ever gotten, but that little blue box will be a fixture on my medal rack for years to come J
—Packet pick-up (super easy!), no lines at Nike Georgetown (I had heard it was crazy last year), and I was able to get everything I wanted at Nike Georgetown—even at the finishers boutique, I was able to get the exact shirt I wanted as well 🙂
—Merchandise—I loved it!! I scored a full zip (I loved the half zip, but I really wanted a full zip), socks, bag and a finishers shirt. I spent way too much money, but when I found out I got into the race in December, I put money aside each paycheck, so I wasn’t charging anything and it made the weekend much more affordable
—15,000 racers and only 5 corrals—are you kidding me?! This lead to overcrowding on the course and frustration. I may had had better time had I not had to go around all these crazies at the beginning.
—The price of the race and the entire experience—the race registration was $180.00 including tax. That is more than a half marathon at Disney! The hotel room cost $325 (luckily we had 3 people paying for it!), my bill for my merchandise was around $200, plane flight was $290, and the meals and transportation were around $150. Not cheap at all. But getting to spend the weekend with your sister and friends while getting to explore a new city by running… priceless.
—Expo—overall, extremely disappointing. Small and only 3 vendors… not like the usual expos I go to 😦
—Only water and nuun on the course to drink—No Gatorade 😦
Would I run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington DC again?? Probably not, but only because I have so many other races I want to run. Will I consider another Nike Women’s Half Marathon? Absolutely! Even though it was an expensive experience… it was memorable and someday I might be brave enough to attempt San Francisco. I really hope they bring the race to the Midwest at some point (Chicago?! Please!!) and it would be much more affordable for me to go again.