I've been a long time fan of 131Events races after having done my first a few years ago. They put on virtual races as well as actual races in Phx, AZ as well as Indianapolis (and maybe other cities I'm unaware of) Their medals are always AMAZING. So when my friends asked me to sign up for today's race, I did so without hesitation.
The races from 131 ALL have one flaw here in the phx area - they start too late. People in Indy are ok with a 9am start time, but when you have a very hot Phoenix sun beating down on you, a 9am start time to ANY race could potentially be detrimental to the health and well-being of the runners. The sun is simply too high and too hot by 9am. This is a MAJOR issue I have with the race.
This particular course was over sidewalks and such. It was congested and there were no street closures to make it easier for the runners (maybe too much $$ to get the permits etc?)
The froyo at the end was of course a nice touch - they had toppings that you could choose from, and happy volunteers which are always appreciated.
The shirt was an add-on which I didn't think, for the price I paid to enter, should have been - it should have been included in the swag bag, which included a hat and a very cheap pair of kid-sunglasses, which I threw away.
I'm a fan of 131, like I said - but this isn't a race I will do again and honestly, I'm going to consider more heavily my options next time when signing up. I need earlier start times in Phoenix and better logistics.