Today I wanted to show you the expo for Glacier Half Marathon
I still have a few more tidbits to share from my week in Montana visiting my Mom, and then I guess I'll get some current content lol
Really though, I run a few days a week before work and then I sit for ten hours at my desk..it isn't very exciting! One happy little mileage note...I finally crossed 600 miles for the year last week! My mission is to stay healthy and keep running :)
The plains of Montana took my breath away.
I've been going to see my Mom for 10 years out in Whitefish, so I am use to the lake and mountains in her area now, but I don't drive the two hours to the plains often. I have only been a few times.
The wide open spaces are stunning and my camera doesn't really do this justice....well maybe if I had a better camera, but I had an iPhone, that has been soaked once LOL...
The land is rolling hills, interesting ridges, and grass that shifts with the wind. The sky and land seem to meet in way that you don't see in other places.
The Bison moving across the plains
The sky seems bigger and the clouds make intriguing shadows across the mountains and the plains. It makes each day a little unique treat :) Things looked really different when it was just blue skies.
The expo was held on the plains in Browning, Montana. Blackfeet reservation land. The campground was behind the casino. It was a breezy cool day.
The field is so big it seems endless...
This is also where we parked race morning to meet the race shuttles. There was a ton of space to park, so no issues there, as long as you remembered what row you left your car in.
While I was walking around I couldn't help but think what a mess this could have been if it rained for the expo or race days, thankfully the weather was superb!
People popped their tents in the giant field not far from the expo and I also saw a lot of folks preparing to sleep in their cars. Porta potties were lined up in one area, but that was the only comfort. I am not sure I could have run a race without access to running water...but I am a wimp.
I felt like my drive to Cut Bank to stay in the hotel was well worth it. It was further away from my Mom's, but it gave me a new experience and a chance to see more of the land.
Cut Bank was a nice small town I mentioned in my last few posts, with hilly little streets about 30 miles from Browning, MT.
Options for hotels in and around Browning are very limited, so why not embrace the chance to see more. The plains are many things, but plain. 😉
Hungry Horse would be another option that would put you about 80 minutes away from the shuttles. The hotel and lodges in East Glacier book up fast this time of year because of Glacier National Park.
There were a few hostels available, but you had to share a bathroom with a lot of people. Getting up and leaving at 3:30 a.m. would feel uncomfortable to me.
The point being, if you decided to run this race- book very early!
I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals Holly and Tricia and the guest host is the lovely and talented Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Sleep in your car?
Drive to hot shower like I did?!
Have you ever been to an outdoor expo?
Stay in a hostel?
Thanks for stopping by!