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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 Steelhead

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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Race site does not have group rank for individual disciplines. Was DQed because I stopped running at mile 7, and walked back via a short cut. I had a plane to catch in the late afternoon in Chicago, so I had to hustle back to the race ending. I'll never ever schedule something later in the day of race if at all possible. Really hampered my ability to try and gut out the end of the race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As always, the race experience is made for me by racing with my friends. There were 12 Fraser peeps and 2 ATCK peeps racing... that made the weekend and race. Nell, Joe and Sara all completed their first 70.3's and Sara burst into tears of joy afterwards during our hug. That was awesome to share with her!!! I had big goals for the race: tiny pr in all disciplines and try to earn a slot to 70.3 World Championships. I'd said it outloud to my training partners. A first. So when birthday boy Steve showed me Iron Trac for my race, and it said 1st in my division I was ecstatic, and in disbelief, especially since I didn't feel like I'd raced well and was far from a PR. I was so geeked to believe ( mistakenly) that I'd earned the slot! Heaven for an hour! LOL. Then the error was corrected and I was 2nd in AG. BUT...the gal who was first did not take her slot, and I got the roll down. It's hard to be disappointed when you get what you'd hoped for and land on the podium! Steve,
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I will be doing this race again next year. I liked the course and the area. I be sure the get more long brick workouts in the next time around. Training this year had been really hard with a newborn and other things going on here. I'm confident that I can greatly improve on my time.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a very hard year for this race, maybe next year it will be better.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I really love this race and the RD puts on a great show. Awesome volunteers, plenty of stuff, but I really hope there is some road resurfacing in the near future. Looking forward to getting back at it for October's HIM and finding some strong redemption.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'd do this race again, heavenly temps, good support, pretty surroundings. I'm scared to death of the water, but fears are to be conquered.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I really enjoyed this race. I do love hills on the bike course, I find they make time go a lot faster. One nasty hill on the run, which we had to do twice. But very well organized race.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I absolutely LOVED this race. Next year I'm thinking about doing either Racine or Steelhead. I'd love to come back to this one, but a mate of mine alreday signed up for Racine, so....we'll see. I will be back, though.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First WTC event. Really enjoyed it.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Loved the venue! The beach setup is absolutely gorgeous (though, as it turns out, sand is bad if you want to shift)! Very family friendly. My boys (3 and 6) enjoyed playing in the sand and in the lake all day on Saturday. Race is well organized, on time, great volunteers, would love to do this again :)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Very good race, I can't compare it to many tri's or HIM's since I haven't participated in many. But I was really surprised of the lack of food and goodies at the end of the race; maybe I missed it all?!?! Did we have to pay for the Pizza Hut or was that free to participants? I guess I should have walked that area more to find out. But overall, I enjoyed every moment from start to finish and I think I have enjoyed this more than any of my marathons and that is saying a lot considering I've done NYC, Chicago, St. George, etc....but I think I have fallen in love with HIM's!!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I cannot say enough good about the Steelhead race venue and organization. Granted this was my first event but even my gf, who has done numerous WTF HIM and IM along with countless other triathlons, commented on how well organized everything was. From packet pick up to aid stations to the volunteers it was all first class and without a single hiccup.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: This is my first 70.3 so I have nothing to compare it to but I thought it was great; there was the store and massage and other things to do. I look forward to doing it again in the future.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Really enjoyed the experience. Was able to check off that I completed a full 70.3 Bummed about the run since the weather conditions overall were spectacular. Really had no outwardly excuses not to end strong. Better luck next year, I hope.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Overall, great race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thanks to everyone for cheering me on. To all you turds who used your I pods and I phone in the back with me. I secretly wished bad things on you for cheating, but I know now you can't help it because rules don't apply to you.
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  • Comments: First half ironman!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: very well organized. Aid stations were great.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: good race...does have a chance of the swim going south for the event ....twice in the last 5 years....but still was a great event
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Still sore both emotionally and physically. A 56/13.1 all out Brick is no small accomplishment, but it is not a 70.3,
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: fun race. would do it again.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Too bad about the swim, however safety is the number one goal. Well organised and good routes. Athlete briefing well worth it to get idea of where the challenges are and where the road conditions are less than ideal.
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  • Comments: Overall, I enjoy doing this race. This is my third time racing here, and unfortunately, the swim has been cancelled twice. That is NOT the RD's fault- they had to make this call. But, it is something to consider when shelling out the money for this race. The bike is pretty easy, even on a windy day, and the run course is fair, but on the boring side. I do kind of like how the run is crowded though, because it's fun to see a ton of other competitors, and have lots of people around- you are never lonely on this course! The volunteers were amazing, the race is very well organized, and there is always great competition that shows up. I had a great time this weekend!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: 306 of 1109 mem
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  • Organised?Yes
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: Overall a hollow feeling. Through nobody's fault at the end of the day we didn't do an Ironman. But, I'm proud to be a member of the 69.1 club! We are going to get a sticker for the van! Have dedicated portapotties/food for athletes in transition so we don't have to compete with the spectators. Ironman Racine had this type of setup and it worked well. The bike course was nice, the run course was blah. Felt like we were running thru a parking lot. Volunteers were great!!!! Spectators were few but also very supportive.
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