Let me start by saying I am not a fan of calling this a "Mini Marathon" It is a Half Marathon. I had a friend of mine say at work today that he saw a bunch of Facebook posts about people completing their first marathon here. Hello People, it is a HALF Marathon, not a full.
OK, off my soap box.
This past Saturday was the first (hopefully annual) Brewers Mini Marathon. I was signed up to do this race as a pace leader for the 2:15 group. I was able to be a pacer for this race since I was a pacer for the Rock n' Sole Half Marathon in Milwaukee earlier this year. I was matched with Tere and Marianne being my other pace leaders for the group. I had not met wither of them before so I was excited to meet them.
I headed down to the Miller Park where the race started and finished early as I was meeting Chris and Dana for a short, easy run before hand to get in a few extra miles. Chris and Dana were also pace leader but they were pacing the 1:40 group along with another friend of mine, Marek. It was cool and dark but nice to run in. We got in 4 1/2 miles and finished right before 6:00 when the pace groups were meeting. I headed into Miller Park and found the pacers just in time as a pretty big start hit the area. Lots of wind, lightning and rain poured down as we sat inside Miller Park. It was really cool to be in the stadium wit so little people in it with all the lights and scoreboards lit up. Music was playing and announcements came that the race would be delayed until the storm passed and all the lightning was out of the area. We finally headed out to the start line about 30 minutes later and started the race in a light rain. It was colder and windier at the start now. Wet and about 42F. Autumn has come.
Overall, this race is a pretty good race. 5000 runners were the limit and it sold out. The course passed quite a few of Milwaukee's landmarks (Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Domes, Potawatomi Casino, Marquette University, and Miller Brewery) and even ran through Miller Park on the warning track during the final half mile. There were some hills on the course but nothing too extreme. The course sometimes went trough areas that were not so pretty, but that is what you get when you try to hit many sights along the way.