Race Report: 2014 Inaugural Cedar Point Half Marathon
The Inaugural Cedar Point Half Marathon took place on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Race start was scheduled for 6:45am, but was pushed back 10-minutes because they weren’t done setting up the course! But that was fine with us, because we were standing in the very long, single-file, potty line. Running were Perfectly Goofy Gail and myself. Her parents were also volunteering at the Mile 5/12 Water Stop. I was a little worn out from running the 5K, riding the rides and attending my cousin’s wedding the day earlier. However, I wasn’t going to let a little exhaustion keep me from running 13.1 miles around Cedar Point and the hot Sandusky streets!
The course had us running around the outskirts of the parking lot and entering the park under Gatekeeper. Then we ran pretty much the same course in the park as the 5k the day prior. I had to make a pit stop at mile 3 and welcomed the ability to use flush toilets. Soon we were out of the park’s front gate running toward the causeway at mile 4. From there the course was an out and back. At mile 5 (and then 12), we took photos with Gail’s parents who were volunteering at this water stop. At miles 8 and 9 we run through the historic waterfront district of Sandusky. The course was flat as a pancake except for 1 little bridge (which you ran over twice). If we had begun earlier in the day and it was a little cooler, it would have been a great race to set a Half Marathon PR.
The volunteer’s course support was great! Both water and Powerade were supplied at every water stop. At mile 8 gu was supplied.
The half-marathon registration was $90 for early registration and included park entry for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Your registration also allowed discounted admission for your family ($55 for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) and parking ($15 for 3 days). For a family of 4 runners and riders, the cost made this race a great deal for a race and park weekend! The half marathon fee also included a finisher medal, long-sleeve tech shirt and 2 – 13.1 magnets.
Considering this was an inaugural race, I give the race high marks. My only suggestions would be to start the race a little earlier and also allow runners to ride a coaster during the race! Other than that I look forward to attending more Run and Ride races!