Joanne Blatchley (HF14845) It’s Medal Monday and that means another race weekend.
This weekend brought me to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Covenant Health Half Marathon. The expo/packet pick up which was kind of small was held at the Exhibit Hall at the World’s Fair Park. It was pretty organized and easy to pick up packet and t-shirt. There were about 25 or so vendors there and they had photograph area where the set up sends photo to your phone.
Race morning was a bit chilly 33 but once the sun came out it felt even though it was still only about 45 when I finished. The course itself was nice and scenic. I will never understand why race directors make the decision for runners to start on a hill. Makes me shake my head every time as well and grumble to myself. Speaking of hills, there were also a few inclines but the majority of hills were from miles 9-12ish. The directional signage could use some better signs as there were a few areas without the spray painted arrow on the ground. We ran on roads, sidewalks, greenway, pretty neighborhoods with great crowd support and we ended back at the World’s Fair Park to receive our medal and a pair of socks.
The beer was outside but the finisher snacks were inside the hall. Dunkin was there offering free coffee and donuts and the race snacks consisted of muffins, breakfast sandwiches, a variety of chips, trail mix, apple sauce pouches and tangerines. No bananas were to be found.
Overall a good race venue and I would recommend to fellow runners.
Photo and Post Credit Joanne Blatchley