Last weekend Women’s Running Magazine put on their last race (or last race for a while) in Nashville, TN. Let me begin by saying that the race directors have decided to cancel all future WRS races for the foreseeable future. More on that later.
The expo was held at the Renaissance Nashville hotel that is attached to the old convention center in the heart of downtown where all the little restaurants and shops are. Easy access in and out of the hotel makes for a fast paced packet pickup. I walked right in and got my bib, tote bag, and shirt. The volunteers were nice. However, the expo was very, very small and I was underwhelmed. When the race was the Women’s Half Marathon, things were much bigger, and much better.
Logistics of this race were well planned out, and the course was beautiful. Other than the very smelly sewers in Nashville, the course was something to take in as it took you around the sights of Nashville. Some back roads are a part of the course that traverse through neighborhoods, but spectator support in those neighborhoods were awesome. Some small kids were out high-fiving the racers, some handing out water, and some even blaring music to help us racers get through to the next mile.
My own race was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced. I chafed so bad on my leg for the first time EVER, ending up bleeding the entire race. That was fun <- insert sarcasm here. My stinking IT band seized up, and my recently hurt knee flared up…this in turn made for my worst half time ever, and the worst race experience ever. Running this race made me realize why I love triathlon so much more.
Then, the finish line appeared. I scooted across, nursed my issues, got my medal (which was far better than the last WRS medal I got; it actually said half marathon on it this time), and then headed back to the hotel to shower and take a long awaited nap.
Overall, I would recommend this race because of the course, and the course only. I do certainly hope that if WRS brings back this series that many things will be improved. So, in the meantime, I would recommend the Rock n Roll marathon series if you’re wanting a nice course in Nashville, TN.
WRS did not give any sound reason why they were canceling their races, but I know many people who signed up for one of their FL races in November were not happy for the last minute cancellation; that made for many who already paid for the race, hotel, and flights upset. At least WRS is offering refunds for race registration or entry into any Rock n Roll series race. Hopefully WRS races will come back better in the future.