October 24, 2010

Grape Stomp Half Marathon

We ran the Grape Stomp Half Marathon in Livermore today for the second year in a row. Just as before there was also a 5k and 10k. The course was the same as last year, it started on the grass of Robertson Park and took you through Livermore on the Arroyo Bike Trail into Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton and back. The  majority of the course was paved with a few areas of dirt and gravel mostly in Shadow Cliffs. There were very few hills. Weather was very cool to start and rain was in the forecast, quite different weather than the year before. Aside from a few sprinkles the rain stayed away until most of the racers were done.  There were about 4 or 5 aid stations along the way complete with water and Gatorade and one station had energy gels. Entry fee for the Half Marathon got you a finishers medal, performance fabric T-shirt and post race snacks. Post race snacks included orange slices, bagels and pound cake but the drinks were disappointing again this year. There was no bottled water and we couldn't find any cups to get water from the drink cooler.  The best part of the race was that the course was mostly on a designated trail and not on the street.

 Race Website