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Race Reports for Free State Trail Run - Half Marathon

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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: I can tell this race is run by good people who are passionate about running and trail running - I like that. What I didn't like was the fact that the half marathon course measured anywhere from 14.2-14.6 miles on runners' Garmins. I can understand up to, say, half a mile off due to the trail system or GPS watches not picking up on the tight turns or what not, but it turns out the RDs knew the course was over 14 miles and decided not to communicate that to anyone prior to the race. If I would have KNOWN the true distance, I wouldn't have had a minor freak out thinking I'd accidentally migrated to the wrong trail/course, etc., and been able to mentally prepare for a longer race.
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