The Gobbler Grind is the second race in the Harvest Half Series, and is held in Overland Park, KS. My goal was to finish better than the previous week’s Kansas Half Marathon. The packet pickup was held at the Scheels sporting goods store, which is now my favorite store. I wasn’t able to see any signs regarding where to go, so I just started walking around. After a few laps I ran into a pacer that had already gotten his packet. I asked for his help, and he was able to tell me the Chiefs/Royals rooms on the second floor. I walked around upstairs and still couldn’t find it. I even asked an employee, and he had no idea what I was talking about. As it turns out the only sign was small, somewhat hidden, and pointing in the wrong direction. Once I finally got in, I was disappointed that there were two different shirt designs, and the one I wanted didn’t have my size.
We got to the race early per usual, and found plenty of room to park, as the area is home to a corporate park. We walked around a bit as I showed Meghan where she could see me running later. Before the race started we noted that the line to the port-a-potties was extremely long.
The race started about five minutes late, but they made a very audible announcement to let us know what to expect. After the National Anthem we were on our way. The course started out by looping around the corporate park. This was a spectators dream, as the course took the runners by the same area multiple times, making it very easy to follow your runner in the beginning. After a few miles of this we got on the Indian Creek Trail running to the South. The trail was nice and cool being shaded. In fact, I think this course would make a very good summer course.
Several miles into the course we finally had to run on city streets, but they were well-marked off from traffic. This part of the course was the steepest, and longest, elevation climb of the day. Thankfully once we hit the peak, it was all downhill from there. The city streets were only a few miles, and we were back on the Indian Creek Trail headed to the finish line.
The hydration stops were on one side of the trail, and the drinks were very cold for once. Normally I carry my own Hydraquiver, but for this trip I forgot my bottle. Though cold, I did notice that the electrolyte drinks seemed watered down. It all tastes good when it’s cold, so no big deal to me.
There was good food at the finish line and a selection of vendors available. I really enjoyed the course of this race, and likely will race it again in the future. My only disappointment was the packet pickup confusion. Otherwise all other communication was very good for this race.