What You Need to Know
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup was available at the BB&T Bank in Largo from 3-6 pm on Friday, or at the race site on Sunday from 2-4 pm before the race.
Packets included a shirt and bib number with timing chip, Valspar paint voucher, pain relief gels and a HSN beach ball.
Race Course: The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook has lush rolling hills and lots of mature trees. It's the perfect spot to run, and yes, to play golf! This race venue was a change of pace from urban road races.
Participants had an excellent view of the entire golf course — better even than when spectating during the tournament. The only other way to see everything this way would be to play golf.
Pacers: No. In fact, lots of the participants were slow walkers, there to raise money for charity (Moffitt Cancer Center).
Aid Stations: Yes. Water at mile 1, 2 and 3. Honey Stinger gels were available at the third aid station. Yum!
Port-o-lets: This venue was great because the place was already set up for the golf tournament crowds. That meant there were plenty of port-o-lets on the course. There was a permanent restroom near the starting line at Gate 4.
Parking: Parking was FREE in the green lot adjacent to Gate 4. Everyone parked and walked a short distance up the hill to the start line.
Cost: Depends on when you register. I registered in November 2016 for $30. Later the cost was $35-$40. There were spots available on race day. The option to buy golf tickets for $20 was available at registration. Processing fee was $4.50.
SWAG (Stuff we all get): Short sleeve tech shirt. Runners had a choice of colors: Black, Teal, Lime Green, and Orange. Some work teams coordinated their group by all wearing the same color shirt.
Each racer received a voucher for a FREE can of Valspar® Reserve® Interior Paint + Primer. A HSN beach ball, and samples of SORE NO MORE® pain relief gels.
Happy Surprise(s): Perfect weather. Lots of pleasant volunteers. Paramedics on the course that were cheering on the runners.
Pro Football players, and twin brothers, Ronde and Tiki Barber ran the race. Tiki won the sibling rivalry.
Post Race Festivities: EXCELLENT. Finishers received their medals, then walked a couple of yards to the DEX Hospitality Tent. Inside the air-conditioned tent was a buffet of cheese pizza, brownies, granola bars, protein drinks, coconut water, soft drinks, beer and wine.
The buffet line moved quickly. A separate area with bartenders served beer and wine.
There were round tables inside the tent, plus stadium seating just outside facing the 18th green.
There was a photo booth with props for runners who wanted a picture memento.
Photos: Yes. General and finish line photos were posted a couple of days after the race on the Par4Miler Facebook page and website.
Photos provided by FlashFrame. You choose the photos you want by placing them in the shopping cart and providing your email address. A link was sent via email for the free downloads.
Runners received a separate email with a link to photo booth pictures taken at the post race party.
Awards: The awards ceremony was in the hospitality tent. The top three overall male and female finishers; and top three in 10 year increments age groups were awarded.
Timing Chip: Yes. The chip was on the race bib. Digital display at the finish line.
Weather Report: It was beautiful weather. The 4 pm start time was nice. The course had mature trees that provided shade.
-> Partly cloudy
-> 41% humidity; slight breezes
-> Temps were low 70s
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