2019 Craft Classic Half Marathon
There was a packet pick-up Friday and Saturday at RoadRunner sports Seattle and Bellevue. There was also day of pickup. Your friends could pick up your packet for you. This was one of the best packet pick-up options I’ve seen. It was easy for you or a friend to get to one of the pick-up locations, or just show up early day of.
We got there early so parking was a breeze. We parked in the lot near the start/finish line by the port-a-johns. It was free and only a few hundred yards to the start. If you got there after this lot was full, there was more parking nearby.
The Craft Classic Half Marathon starts and ends in Redmond, Washington. The course is mostly flat with just a couple of rolling hills. The trail is paved and in very good shape. There was a decent amount of shade provided by the trees. You have a good view of the river for a majority of the course. There is a 9 mile out and back and a 4 mile loop. The out and back is not closed to other traffic. There were a few bikes and walkers to navigate. It wasn’t too busy since it was early in the morning. The loop was a little sunnier than I would have liked, but it was early enough in the summer to be alright. There was almost no traffic to deal with and the few road crossing on the loop section were manned by police and not an issue. This is a good course to set a personal record on. There was a 4 hour time limit.
There was ample support before, during, and after the race. Before the race, my friend needed some motrin and was able to get one from the first-aid tent. There were water/gu stations on the out and back section that you could hit twice. The police and volunteers had all the intersections covered and the course was well marked. There were porta-johns at the start/finish and a few on the course.
The finish line festivities were pretty good for the size of the race. You got your medal after crossing the finish line. The beer garden backs up to the finish line, so you can drink and cheer your friends as they finish. The beer sponsor was Iron Horse Brewery There were 2 beers available in the beer garden and both were pretty tasty. One was a pale ale and one was a hefeweizen. The only downside was that you had to pay for each beer — no free one 🙁 There were a ton of food options. Pickles and/or pickle juice shots was one that I don’t see often and was excited for. There were also bagels, cream cheese, potato chips, bananas, oranges, and a few other items I cannot recall. We grabbed a few bites then headed to the beer garden. The finish area was all grass so I took my shoes off and let my feet get some free time after the race.
Overall, I was pretty happy with the swag from this race. The medal doubles as a bottle opener and had magnets. It is currently on my fridge. The shirt was a t-shirt, super soft and one of my favorites to wear everyday. You also got a beer pint glass. So for the price, it was a pretty good haul.
This is a great smaller race with a decent course, good support, and good swag. I set a PR and many others did that day too. Sign up early for the best price!