Sunday, June 11, 2017

Utah Valley Half Marathon
Provo, Utah
Saturday, June 10, 2017

On Saturday, June 10, 2017 I race walked the Utah Valley Half Marathon in Provo, Utah.  It was a nice day for a race as the temperature varied from 56 to 64 degrees with sunny skies and little wind.  The course was a point to point journey completely on Highway 189 from a spot up Provo Canyon to the front of the County Court House in Provo.  Most of the course was a gentle downhill with a few gentle up hills thrown in. The approximately 2000 participants in the half marathon as well as the rest of the participants in the associated full marathon and 10K had lanes on the highway that were dedicated the them and completely closed to traffic.  At any place where there would be cross traffic 1 to 3 police officers were assigned to control the traffic and protect the participants.  There were two places where traffic was backed up as far as I could see.  Water/Gatorade stations were located every two miles and had plenty of volunteers but not enough tables to allow for a smooth dispensing of the liquid.  This is the first time I have participated in this event which is in its tenth year.  Except for the water stations the event was very well organized and enjoyable.  Instead of a tee shirt everybody received a nice jacket.  I even received a plaque for finishing third in my running age group even though I walked the entire way.


Before Race

After Race

Receiving Award


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