Pros and Cons – Nike Half DC

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.

PROS:

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

CONS:

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.

-Kathleen

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11 thoughts on “Pros and Cons – Nike Half DC

  1. The expo was kinda disappointing. I just did Princess Half Marathon in February and that expo was AMAZING. I spent entirely too much money there.

  2. Nice pros and cons!!! Great info!! Thanks for sharing!! XOXO!

  3. i walked through the expo in 5 minutes. it was nothing special. and the corrals, yes. when i WAS running, i was weaving almost the entire time. how is it possible to weave through runners for 9 miles?!? anyway, great recap!

  4. Holy crap, that is expensive! And for a half marathon!?!?!?! So basically, you’re paying for the necklace, when you pay $180 for registration. At least you had fun, that’s really all that matters!

    • Haha, yes, you are basically paying for the necklace. But even though it is expensive, it was a really awesome race!

    • Yes, you are paying for the necklace… so imagine my frustration when there was a rumor that there won’t be a Tiffany necklace at the end after we had registered?! Needless to say, I won’t be running in this race again anytime soon (I’m trying to do the 50 state challenge like you too), but it was fun!

  5. I love the pros and cons format. It seems like there were more pros than cons and that seems to be the general consensus I’ve heard. I definitely think I’d like to try a Nike race at some point.

  6. Great pros and cons! I agree with you. I really, really hope there is one soon in Chicago.

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