Being my first 1/2 I have nothing to compare it to. However, the race was very organized. The expo was great. We spent a few hours in there. It was extremely hot and humid on race day, but there were lots of water and gatorade on the course. They also had a stop with cold sponges to cool off with. And one station with gu. There were people cheering all along the way. And bands ever few miles. The finish line was stocked with drinks, fruit and pretzels. It was in the sun so I made my way to the hotel pretty quickly. Overall a great experience in a great city.
Get to starting line early. There were so many people trying to get to their corals. It was a bit clastaphobic. There are bathrooms every few miles, so don't wait until you have to go. Carry little as possible. Everything you need is on the course. Course is hilly, so prepare properly.
We brought scooters for the kids to get around to see the racer multiple times along the course. If I was alone it still would be a good idea to have a scooter. bikes would be too big/difficult to navigate in that much foot traffic
By Fil Faria about 2017
By PJB about 2017
Organization was great, race starts slowly. Hilly course. Be prepared for hot and humid. Difficult to get ready for if you live north of TN.
First half was hilly so make sure you do some hill work as part of your training