Jill and I traveled to the sleepy village of Morrow, OH for the Little Miami Half Marathon. It is a 4 hour drive from Evansville and about 45 minutes Northeast of Cincinnati.
The shirt/bib pick up was at a small running shoe store in Mason, OH. We arrived right at the start and there was no wait at all. Since Morrow is a town of 1,000 people, there are no hotels located there. The closest we found were 30 minutes from there and we stayed in Liberty Township. Mason and West Chester also had a lot of places to stay and about the same distance to the race.
The race started at 7:00 am sharp and 430 people finished the half and 300 did the 10K. Even though it was a small race, it was very tough maneuvering through the runners the first mile as the streets in town are narrow. Once we reached the Little Miami Greenway it started to spread out rather quickly. Although the course is entirely flat, it was a mental challenge as we ran 7 miles straight to the turn around and came back the same way. Water stations were spread out every 2-3 miles.
We were very fortunate to have race temps of 65-70 for entire race. However, if it would have been hot, I think we would have been fine as the entire course was in the shade trees running right next to the Miami River.
If you are looking for a big post race event, this is not the race for you. There was plenty of water, bananas, orange slices, and a few other snacks for the participants. However, not much else was going on.
Overall, Jill and I liked the race and we recommend participating one day if you like a small town organized event.
Hello fellow runners & walkers! My name is Brandon Barrett and I am the owner of Tri-State Fitness and several 5K races in Evansville. I am married to Jill and we have 4 children Brennan (9), Braelyn (7), Brecken (5), and Brycton (3). Needless to say my wife and I stay very busy! In the little free time we have we enjoy running countless local races and also traveling around the Midwest to run in Half Marathons.