Bibrave Race Review: Capital City Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Capital City Half marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

After taking a few days to swallow this past weekend, I’m finally up for reviewing Cap City. I grew up outside of Columbus and actually ran Cap City back in 2012. I was excited when Bibrave partnered with them because it gave me an excuse to get back home for a few days. I flew in Thursday (since going from West to Midwest takes all day) and got in around 330. My mom picked me up from the airport and off to the hotel and for a late lunch we went before heading to the expo.

The Expo: held at the Vue in the Brewery District, which was a first. In the past, it had been held at the convention center and had more vendors, races, etc. The Vue was a smaller site and really only had Fleet Feet, Front Runner and Second Sole. I wouldn’t be a fan of going back to the site, just because parking wasn’t the easiest and it wasn’t close to anything or necessarily easy to get to if you were coming out of town. I forgot about being upped to VIP, so when the regular bib pick up didn’t have my bib, I had a mild panic attack until I went to VIP pick up. There was also a shirt exchange for getting different sized shirts, which I volunteered at on Friday (and had people assume that the small shirt sizes were the volunteers fault. Really?).

Swag: T Shirt (cotton) from Second Sole and a sturdy string bag. I loved the design of the shirt, but they definitely ran small. I was seeing women up a small to a large at the expo because they were running so small.

 

 

Race Time: 8 AM, which was nice for getting a decent night’s sleep the night before, but with weather coming through, hindsight 20/20, I wish it would have been a 7 AM start.

The Race Itself: Starts in downtown Columbus at Columbus Commons. It took you through the Arena District, OSU, the Short North, Downtown, German Village and a few other areas of Columbus. The course is fairly flat which is nice, though a hill towards the end.  The start was divided into corrals with the elites heading off at 7:55 and corrals A-I being started every few minutes after, so I didn’t start until about 8:12.It was cloudy at the start, but not raining. I was making good time, but we got our first round of rain trying to figure out what to do with itself around mile 2-3. It did let up and onward I went. I was pulling probably my best time in a few years until thunder and lightning hit right before mile 9. I was at the split for the 5K/quarter marathon going to the finish and the half marathon going towards the last 4 miles of the course and ended up getting diverted to the finish, as the race was black flagged. Some friends of mine were a mile ahead of me and were out in the open and had to figure out how to get back to the start. I was pretty bummed out after because of how well things were going. I’m not sure how much of the 8 AM start time was due to the US Half Marathon championships, but a 7 AM start time would have probably avoided post race issues and let more people finish the half (really only 1200 people were able to finish the half). I ended up doing another 4 miles at the hotel to get the full 13.1 miles in.

Post race: most of the activities were cancelled because of the storms that came through. I was able to see the VIP tent for a brief period of time and got some food from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants that was really good, but the line was long for drinks, so I missed out on that with the chaos of trying to get to safety.

Things to work on

  • So for future races, I think there needs to be better planning for weather in terms of if the race needs to be altered or cancelled. There was no real direction on where to go, etc. At one point, a bunch of us were in an alley between 2 buildings. There were also people stranded on an open course and were essentially on their own with trying to figure out what to do.
  • The shirts: I get wanting to go for a local company, and in fairness, there was  a sizing chart prior to registration, but they run really small. I was seeing women switch smalls for larges because the shirts weren’t fitting chests well at all. I would go with a different company
  • The expo: I wasn’t a fan of the location. It wasn’t easy to get to and there wasn’t a lot that endorsed the local running community that I know. There was nothing set up in terms of other local races, running groups, etc which was kind of sad. I know there was construction going on at the Convention Center, which is where it’s been held in the past, but I feel like there could have been a better place to have this.

Overall, weather wasn’t on my side this year, but I’d still go back for redemption of Cap City. It’s been a fun race to do in the past and at some point, I’ll get back to running it again!

 

Capital City Half Marathon: The Need to Know

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Capital City Half marathon to review [or I received a free entry to XYZ race] as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

It’s Race Week!!!! Come Saturday, runners will take over the streets of Columbus, OH for the Cap City Half Marathon and this year’s US Half Marathon Championships. Here’s some need to know information for this week

The Expo(tique)

  • New this year, this is taking place at Vue Columbus in the Brewery District. Normally, the expo was larger and at one of the area hotels
  • Vue Columbus Address: 95 Liberty Street Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Packet Pick Up Times:
    • Thursday, April 27: 12pm – 8pm
    • Friday, April 28: 10am – 8pm
  • Important info: NO RACE DAY PICK UP!
  • Need parking Info? Head over here for more info!

Things to do (From a Central Ohio Native)

  • Easton Towne Center: If you’re into shopping, head over here and enjoy some stores and restaurants
  • The Arena District: restaurants, sports and a good time!
  • German Village: Good Restaurants
  • Short North: Arts and Food!

The Courses

  • Get to know the courses before race day so people can come watch!
  • Half Marathon Course
  • Quarter Marathon Course
  • 5K Course

Race Day

  • Remember, no race day packet pick up!!
  • Start Times: Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon: 8AM; 5K 8:30 AM
  • Post Race
    • Recovery Zone: open 8AM-1PM
    • Byers Xtra Finish Line Party: 9AM-1 PM. Get 1 Coors Lite, 1 Patron Margarita, 1 Sparkling Wine and 1 slice of Pizza 🍕 from Papa John’s!
    • VIP Tent: be one of 200 runners/walkers to enjoy (and find me and some other Bibrave Pros) with some catered breakfast/lunch from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and some drinks!
  • Driving in for the race? Head over here for Parking Information!

Not Running? Come out and cheer everyone on and party with us afterwards!

Christmas Coupon Codes!

I took last week off, so I apologize!!  Since I love to give, here’s some running coupon codes and discounts for you!

  1. Rock n Roll New Orleans: $14 off with the code SAINTS until midnight tonight CST
  2. The Recovery Sock: a Schwaggle deal for 40% off for 2 pairs of compression socks + free shipping.  You an active.com member? Log on and get another 15% off! Pay $35 and some change for a $70+ value! Expires tomorrow and limited supplies left
  3. Running Plans: Free through Active and Sony! Marathons, Half Marathons, and 10Ks
  4. Capital City Half Marathon: Not sure if this is still active, but you can try EARLY11 or CHAMPION
  5. Running Warehouse: up to 60% off with Active Advantage for 2 days!
  6. Cherry Blossom 10 Miler: Didn’t get in to this year’s race? Volunteer race weekend and get guaranteed entry into the 2013 race. Yes, it’s true…I volunteered (and ran) last year and I didn’t have to worry about getting into the race off the lottery this year 🙂
  7. Broad Street Fitness (Philadelphia): Live in Philly, Old Towne Specifically? take a peak at this PhillyDealYo for a 66% off deal for BSF!
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