Tutu Run Half-Marathon Race Recap

I ran the Tutu Run Half-Marathon on July 4th 2014. The race took place in Boise, Idaho, which is a three hour drive from where I live. There is also an hour time difference, so you can technically say it is a 4 hour drive!

The race began @ 7 am at Veteran’s Memorial Park. There was a 5K, 10k, a half-marathon and a kids race. The race was small, with only about 65 participants for the half marathon. Packet pick-up occurred on the day of the race, which worked well given the number of participants (less than 250). As I mentioned in my Three Faces of Luisa post, I had no expectations (lie) because I really hadn’t run since my last half-marathon in June. It was also inexpensive (less than $50) and it included a finisher’s medal and a non-tech t-shirt. Tech shirts seem to be the expectation nowadays, so I had to emphasize it was “non-tech.” Since it’s called the “tutu run” we were all encouraged to wear a tutu. This was the first time I’d be running in a Tutu, and I was actually excited about running with an extra accessory.

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The course was an out and back course, and believe it or not, those are my favorite kind of courses. There were four well-spaced water stations throughout the run. The path was paved and there was adequate shade formed by large trees throughout the path. Furthermore, we had the opportunity to cross a wooden bridge and run along a river. Truthfully, it was a very beautiful, flat course that I’m sure I’d like to run again. The course was ideal for a small local race, but would not be suitable for a bigger race if it grows to be any larger. Since it was a nice and sunny holiday, we shared the path with bicyclists, runners independent of the race, and walkers enjoying the day with a friend or their furry friend. Despite that, I never felt crowded or like we were in each other’s way.

I must have been very efficient with my running, because I crossed the finish line with my Garmin reading 12.85! I actually had to do a couple of loops in order to get the official half-marathon distance of 13.1! There was water, Gatorade, bananas, pretzel and ice pops at the end of the race.

My finish time according to the race: 2:07:05
My finish time according to my Garmin: 2:09:54

Here is the CRAZIEST part of all: I beat myself up for almost the entire race, and I placed THIRD for my age group!!!!! I did not find this out until today, when I started typing this post to see my official results!!!!

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I would definitely run this well-organized race again.

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A picture of my tutu and the race medal. My neighbor decorated my tutu! I love it!

Did you run any races on Independence Day?

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5 thoughts on “Tutu Run Half-Marathon Race Recap

  1. Pingback: Three Faces of Luisa | Running is Democratic

    • Thank you Kristen. After how bad I thought I did on my run, I would have never guessed that time would have been good enough for me to place. I guess that’s one of the perks of small races.

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