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If you hate hills and just want to race, Muncie could be a good choice.
The temps were pretty warm, so not WS legal.
The park for the Ohio swim is kinda pretty. When we got there race morning there was a fog over the lake, but didnâ€™t last long. Also, there were some tents at the park, donâ€™t know if racers, volunteers or both took advantage of that, but itâ€™s a good idea. The Ohio lake was slightly more wavy than Muncie due to some wind.
Re Ohio, to get to the lake in the morning there are shuttle buses or you can have someone drop you off. We opted for the shuttle and Route 23 was very backed up. By the time we got to the transition they announced the closing of the transition area in a few minutes. Thatâ€™s not the fault of the race, just an fyi.
The nice thing re Muncie is its all right there. Ample parking.
I loved the bike course at Ohio. Flat, one big loop, nice roads, very quiet except for the racers. As mentioned Muncie is a multiple loop course, but pretty flat as well.
IMO the run courses were about the the same. Some inclines, but Ohio is a loop, Muncie out and back. The temps were up there at both.
If I had to chose I would pick Ohio. More to do in the town, finishing in the stadium was neat, and a friend said we could crash at her place (close to the lake) next time....but with Muncie being pretty close to me, I may register at the last minute like last year.
Side note at Ohio. ...one guy was in the swim line with Sim shorts on. The official told him to take them off. He said heâ€™s nude underneath. She sent him to the wet suit wave.
Not Lima, LIMA. LIMA= Lost In Middle America
Ha I thought you were referring to city too..
But my vote Ohio. The 2 transition kind of sucks but I enjoyed the race a lot.
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Both have the con of being in the dead middle of the summer, so heat was an issue at both races.
On the flip-side, crowd support was fantastic at both- both communities really come out and support on raceday.
Neither swim was wetsuit legal- the water temperature in Muncie was up in the 80's and one of the warmest swims I've ever done; in Ohio the water temp jumped up and down all week until race morning when they took it and it was just barely over the limit.
Ohio is a point-to-point bike course, and is a little more logistically challenging if you've never done one. T1 is at the park where the lake is, T2 is in the stadium where you finish the bike course. Both bike courses are pancake flat. Muncie is on a closed course, Ohio's bike course is open to traffic the whole way until you get to the very end and jump onto a MUP near the stadium. The only part where it can get hairy is near the end as you come back into the city of Delaware; otherwise its mostly farms and there isn't really a lot of traffic.
Both run courses are also pretty flat, but Ohio has a small hill on the back of the loop part of the run course. Neither of them boasts a ton of shade from the summer sun.
Finishing on the track in the stadium in Delaware is pretty cool. Muncie had way better food at the finish line though.
Ultimately, I'd pick Ohio again because of: there is more to do in and around Delaware than Muncie, the possibility of wearing a wetsuit for the swim is greater, I thought the bike course was more scenic and enjoyable, and finishing in the stadium was pretty unique, at least for me.
It's great to read so many people saying it's a great race. Now I'm actually excited.
I did Muncie last year and had a great time. I didn't know hot tubs came in reservoir size. During the bike, I may have seen Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane jump a meth lab in his car. The run....well, seriously, fuck that run. Rollers, zero shade, 95 degrees....the aid station teams were fun though and broke up the pain.
Boulder would be a better destination race but damn that drive.