The 2013 Biggest Loser Run Walk Series truly promoted living a healthy lifestyle in Racine, Wisconsin. There were a range of participants at different fitness levels in the races. Some came to run the half marathon course as fast as they could, and others came dressed up in blue tutus to walk the 5k as a group of friends. This race made it a fun environment for all people to get active.
At the start, runners and walkers lined up near their predicted minute per mile pace. The Biggest Loser celebrities were on the mic and music played in the background. The national anthem was sung, and the races were off.
The race courses were planned beautifully. They traveled around downtown Racine, and fully used the new walking paths along Lake Michigan. The majority of the race was along the lake. Beware - there were hills! Those looking for a completely flat and fast course, this is not it. There weren't a bunch of hills, but there were a few in both the 5k and half marathon. When training for this race, participants should make sure to run or walk a few hills, so they are prepared.
The courses had water and Gatorade stops every 1.5 to 2.5 miles along the 5k and half marathon course. There were also plenty of porta-pots along the course.
The weather for this race was perfect. It was during the beginning of Wisconsin's fall, so it wasn't too cold or too hot. For those running the half marathon, you may want to wear a sweatshirt you don't mind leaving on the course because it was chilly at the start.
By far, the best aspect of this race is that it drew all different fitness levels of runners and walkers. All participants were there to get in a good workout whether it was running or walking the half marathon or 5k. The race organizers and volunteers made all participants feel comfortable and well supported.
The two main drawbacks of this race were:
1. The half marathon course was short. By my Garmin and two other finishers' Garmins, the half marathon was around 12.8 to 12.9 miles long. In the future, they need to make sure the course is a full half marathon.
2. If runners do not sign up quickly, the registration costs get very expensive. To save money, participants should sign up now for the 2014 races in Racine, WI. If you sign up now the fees are reasonable, but they get progressively more expensive the longer you wait. For 2014, the registration fee for the 5k is $25 and $50 for the half marathon. Sign up now for next year!
In conclusion, this race had beautiful 5k and half marathon courses along Lake Michigan, and there was a supportive environment for participants at all fitness levels. The race achieved its original goal: to promote a healthy lifestyle. Sign up now for the 2014 series by clicking here.