This weekend the Hubbo and I finished our second full marathon. We ran the Double Half Marathon here in Tulsa that was organized and sponsored by Runners World
and TATUR Racing
. This was the first year for this race so keep that in mind as I provide my feedback. Race Breakdown!
This race was different than any other race I've ever participated it. It is called the Double Half Marathon because you run two half marathons on two totally different courses. You actually cross the start/finish line in the middle of the race. Talk about a mental challenge! I was so ready to be done when I crossed the start/finish line, but I had 13 more miles to go!
The first half was on a trail the other half was on pavement. The race was here in Tulsa on Turkey Mountain. This was the most difficult race I've ever participated in. My time wasn't pretty, but we finished and that is all that matters!Important Notes!Bathrooms:
If you want to run this race and you are a frequent bathroom break runner, this may not be the course for you. On the trail portion of the marathon, there were no bathrooms other than the wilderness of Turkey Mountain! This is something I did not think of as we were signing up for the marathon. Good thing for me, I typically do not need a lot of frequent bathroom breaks during races.
The pavement half of the marathon wasn't much better either. At least on the trail you can disappear into the woods and do your business. On the pavement you were much more exposed. Spectators:
This was not a great race for spectators. There was no way for them to be anywhere on the trail to watch and cheer you on. You would have to know the west side of Tulsa and the Riverside Trail pretty well to find a spot to cheer on the pavement half as well.Race Marshals:
I did see race marshals on the trail portion of the race, but I do not recall seeing any on the pavement portion of the race. So if you plan on running this race, keep that in mind.Water Stops:
The water stops were really good! Since this was a smaller race they were able to provide more than just the typical water and Gatorade. There was food like pretzels, bananas, cookies, fig newtons, etc. There was Coke to help settle upset stomachs and there was even Gu
Ok - Let's get to the grades! Race Grading Scale!Course
- 3 Points. I hate trail running. But the pavement half was nice and flat, except for the very last .1 miles. The very end was up a hill! You can read my blog about my hatred of trail running by clicking here
. Entry Fee
- 5 Points. This race offered 2 medals and a tech shirt for marathoners and was only $75Participation
- 4 Points. This was the first year for this race so it was small. Which was nice when we were on the trail. Parking
- 3 Points. The parking lot at Turkey Mountain in small. If this race gets any bigger, parking will be an issue. Shirt
- 5 Points. For the price of the race the race shirt was a pretty cool, long sleeve tech shirt. Medal
- 5 Points. The medals are what drew us into the race. If you did the full marathon or The Double Half, you got two medals! They even are cut in a Yin and Yang shape so they fit nicely together. How cool is that? However by the time we finished the race they ran out of one of the medals. (Insert sad music here). Expo
- Not applicableTemperature
- 4 Points. The temp started out kind of cool but the race started at 9:00 am so it was a little warmer by the time we actually started. It got up to the low 60's that day. So overall, not a bad weather day for a marathon. No rain, not humid. Overall
- Overall I'm going to give this race 4 points. With the lack of bathrooms, running out of medals, and lack of spectators I couldn't give it a full 5, but overall it was a good race.