My family has been having our family reunion at Anthony Acres every summer for 26 years and now I see that the summer I want to do a half-ironman, Effingham is having one on the same weekend all 35 of us will be there anyway. This is a sign.
I've not done the HM, but actually placed in my AG last year during the Effingham Sprint....ok, so there were not that many peeps in my group. But hey- it is hardware!
Seriously, I was very impressed by the race directors and the whole crew. They started the sprint in a mass start, albeit the first-timers started a few minutes afterwards in a "second wave". The course was clearly marked throughout...lots of water....and plenty of people eager to answer any and all your questions. The day prior, we witnessed a crew spending about 30 minutes "raking" the grass to get out all the tree burrs (or whatever those things are called) so that the ramble up from the lake to the transition area was "nice".
I might do this one this year.....if I can convince my friend to do this one instead of High Cliff in Wisconsin.
There is not a multisport shop for hours though....so remember all your gear!