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So state 22 is done, Run Madtown didn’t go perfectly but overall, I am pleased with this race. First let me tell you about the race itself
The expo is small, but nice, still some shopping to do, and I did buy myself a new pair of sneakers. I got my bib quickly and easily. Also, Madison has plenty of parking, street and garage, so for both the expo and race, you should have no issue finding a place to park.
The race itself starts right in downtown Madison, right in front on the capitol building which is so cool. Plenty of portopotties and bag check was quick and easy. The race itself is hilly, but a really scenic one, through out the entire race. The roads are not all closed, but plenty of volunteers and police officers are out to keep you safe and keep traffic moving. Plenty of water stations, with plenty of volunteers to hand out cups. You get to the run through the aboratorium which was lovely and peaceful until you leave it, and have to go up a HUGE hill. After that hill though, it is fairly flat and you finish at the State House, overall, really well done race and I would recommend it to anyone.
Also, you get free race photos, yes I said FREE and hey I got a good one
So for me, I was hoping for a PR, but alas, that did not happen, I did run 2:17 which I am pleased with, as I haven’t run a half that fast in 2 years. Spring races are always tougher as my body is used to cold weather, and race morning the temps were in the high 50s, and it only got warmer. I enjoyed Madison, it was a great walkable city with lots of restaurants and coffee shops and small shops. And all the water, the views are just amazing and it is a very walker, runner, biker friendly city, so if that is your thing, go visit.
And now, another state checked off the list, slowly getting my way through the midwest