The NYC Half is a NYRR race, and has grown a TON since I was first registered for it in 2008 (when it was still in July. And I didn't run it because I broke my foot 3 days prior. Womp Womp.). As you would expect (marathon debacle aside, though I suspect a lot of that had to do with Bloomberg and not NYRR, but guess who took the fall?), it was what you'd expect from NYRR. Clean, polished, well organized and such.
- Terrific course
- great corral set up (including potties in each corral, which made a last minute pit stop enroute to the start line easy)
- relatively fast start for a 20k race (took me about 20 minutes to cross, and the streets were moderately full the whole way, so I think this was appropriate spacing)
- TONS of water, every half mile or so
- Did I mention the awesome course?
- Fair amount of spectators
- Tons of photographers (if you're into springing for race photos. some of mine were ok, but I am not buying)
- Great baggage system
- Good weather (30s, dry, not windy) considering the weird winter we had
- kind of weird demand to be in corrals 30 minutes in advance of start time
- TIGHT finish area
- finisher bag had a sport drink, water, and pretzels. Disappointing. I expected a banana and a bagel.
- Medal was so-so
Finish: 2:08:42 (9:50 pace)
So overall a somewhat sub-average finish, and still no where near back to my 2008 sub-2 hr half time, but for sub-par training, respectable. And no tears, no frustration, and I enjoyed the race, so that's a win.