for what has become known as one of the premier events in the region. As in the past there were some great performances, like 7 year old Jaden Merrick finishing 2nd in the 4 mile race and Sarah Gall's (Cedar Falls) phenomenal 1:47:48 half marathon-winning time. Other things that were great included the weather, the beer, the food, the venue and the overall vibe.
|The course took its toll on some|
Perhaps the best event of the weekend, though, was the free "Mini Mines" kids race held on Friday evening. Over 40 kids participated, running a challenging 3/4 mile course down and up some stairs. Nearly all finished with huge smiles on their faces. Whether that's because they loved running on trails or because they knew that there was a popsicle awaiting them is unknown. We will definitely be doing this again!
This was the first year the races started and finished at the EB Lyons
As in the past, we do everything we can to minimize our impact on the environment and we are proud that we had only a single bag of garbage left over after the race (not bad for an event with 300+ people, a catered meal and 3 kegs of beer.)
Thanks to everyone who came out! We can't wait to see you all next year! (Registration will likely open up in March again. This year we sold out Memorial Day weekend and we anticipate it selling out even earlier next year so if you want to see what all the fuss is about and keep up to date on the latest news and see more pictures please join the Facebook group as that has been our primary mode of communication and marketing.)