Subject: RE: Kinetic Half : Official Thread
I've done the race a few times before, and the run course is really the only thing that has not changed... the three loops are slightly challenging. The first time out isn't really that bad, you just need to pace yourself on the first mile which is basically an uphill battle.
The down hill in the woods at the end (roughly last 1/4 mile) - as somone posted about - really does allow you to pick up some speed. However, late in the race, you will surely be passing people in the woods, so it does become a challenge to keep your speed up, and your collision rate down.
One thing that has been a common trend of the last few years is the heat during the run. in 2010 it was near 95 degrees on the run, and in 2009 i believe it was possibly hotter. The majority of the run is uncovered and on the roads, so the heat does become an issue. They do have water tents on the run course which I have been forced to hit in the last couple of years. It is usually not too far off course, and has truely been worth the 5 seconds.
The run course is pretty much a full of slight climbs and downhills. The only portion of the run that is almost flat is near the finish line on the beach which you pass a few times.
Of course TriTeamZ (my team - small plug) will be there on the finish line to cheer you through as you round those laps.
I'm definitely getting stoked to race soon.
Good luck to all.