The course lay-out is a basic out and back with a mini out-and-back thrown in near the start to make up some distance. Nearly the entire race is based along the river so it really limits the burden of traffic on the course. The race starts off in Riverside Park and runs along the river path. After a short out and back where you run past Riverside Coliseum, you begin your journey towards the Overlander bridge. The bridge offers private pedestrian access so the athletes do not have to worry about traffic. The bridge in this event does offer a great deal of exposure to the wind elements which was unpleasant on this day. However, once over the bridge, the runners resume their river path which is much more shielded from the elements. There is an aid station at the turnaround point of the race. Overall, this course is flat and fast. There is a couple of short sections of gravel but the bulk of the race is paved. If the winter elements cooperate, you could post a decent time. Furthermore, if this is your first half marathon, the course design is friendly and picturesque.
The Running Room organized and insured the event and there were local volunteers on hand to help out with the race. Marshals were set up along the course to provide direction and 2 aid stations were strategically placed at various sections of the race which allowed athletes to pass them more than once. There were volunteers assisting with the timing and the food table. A nice perk was the finisher medals (which were presented to everyone). The atmosphere was friendly and supportive. Thankfully, there was a nice hot buffet brunch made available to the participants afterward. There were two registered nurses on hand (one was mobile) to offer medical attention should the need arise. The Lions Club of Kamloops was the beneficiary of the event.
WHO IS THIS RACE GOOD FOR?
In short...everyone. Disclaimer...wear your thermals! This course is great for first timers or seasoned runners looking for a PR. The one caveat will always be the weather. It is a February event in Kamloops so the temperature and conditions can vary widely. In spring-like conditions this course would be delightful. If winter puts up a fuss though...you will have to grit your teeth!
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