By Erin Johnson
On October 22, 2016 I ran Race 13.1 Fayetteville and it was an amazing experience, even starting with the registration process. When I registered for the race, I was able to get a lot of great pre-race info that made me well informed on what to expect come packet pick-up and race day. Leading up to the race, there was even an email update about the charged course for the half marathon that kept us in the light about the situation and out of the dark. Packet pick-up was very quick and easy to complete and The Runners Spot had the honor of hosting packet pick-up the day prior to the race.
The Sun dawned on race morning with excitement and almost perfect race conditions. The temperature was in the mid 50s to mid 60s, so I was feeling great about that, and then as a bonus the race location was extremely easy to find and to get to. There was plenty of parking so there was no "Parking Odyssey," and plenty of porta johns to get rid of any race day jitters.
I was equipped with my Hoka One One Bondi 3s, Smart Wool socks, my Brooks running hat, a Moving Comfort racer back bra, and CWX knicker length tights. For me, these were the perfect layers for a perfect race day.
The start finish area was very easy to locate, and with all the turns being well marked, running the course was virtually free of worry. There were multiple water stations along the way, and there were even some volunteers that were handing out water for runners going and returning on the course which was very beneficial in staying hydrated. If you are looking for a course that will allow you to run a fast race, Race 13.1 Fayetteville is the race for you because with the utilization of the All American Highway, this course was very fast-paced.
When it was all said and done, I ended the race on a very high note. I took 4 minutes off of my prior PR, and overall, I had a great experience and will return to this race in 2017.