I didn't really know what to expect for this race since it was the first I have ever done with Mettle Events. I was impressed with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. It's nice to see work I am doing happen in real life. The race was for a good cause.
But overall it was okay. The sign up website sucked. Didn't tell which park entrance to go to, especially for locals who don't go to the Swamp often. I heard all this while waiting for the bathroom. They also didn't have it mapped out to see where the water stations are. Which is annoying when you are training for a race and want to practice spreading your water breaks. I loved the distance. It was perfect for a practice race for a half. Other than that it is nothing to brag about. I know it is about a fundraiser but for $50 it isn't really worth it. The medal was cheesy and I can say since I was 55 out of half of the runners, when I finished, it was a dead zone. Nobody cheering, nobody watching. I felt bad for the back half of people who weren't close to finishing.
I expected more I guess but I also have expectations of an enjoyable race for $50. Will I do it again? Yes. Good cause, good distance.