Running Strong Since 1980
This great race is usually held on the first weekend of June. This year they fixed the parking problem and the race started at the Williamsburg Visitor Center. Since the weather in June can be hot and humid, the race kicks off at 7:00 AM. The course winds through Colonial Williamsburg, then to Carters Grove Country Road nature area. There is some elevation changes so be prepared for some hill climbing on the way back to the historic areas of Colonial Williamsburg. The race concludes at the finish in Zable Stadium where the runner go about 3/4 of the way around the track. To cap it off, there is always a terrific post-race gathering in the Sunken Garden, where the free drinks flow and copius amounts carbs and protien are re-loaded. A shuttle bus brings the runners back to the parking area when ready.
The race is managed by the same group that does THE Boston Marathon so it is WELL organized. The registation is easy, the web site logical and informative. Parking and packet pick up are a breeze. The race starts at a logical time. The course is varied and interesting and just the right degree of challenging. There are ample, well placed and staffed water stops. Traffic control was perfect. The finish line runs smooth and does not bottle neck. The completion medals are substantial and not el cheapo. The post -race party is a fun event and is just perfect to wind down after all that grunting and sweating .
For us in the Tri-city area, it is an easy drive to the event so I would recommend this one without hesitation or reservation.
I did this race for the first time and really enjoyed. Very well organized and though the price was steep because I registered late, it was well worth it. It was for a good cause and runners rec'd tech shirt, Busch Gardens pass, socks, nice medal, and great post race party. I am penciling this race in for next year! Daphne