At the risk of overstating the obvious, this is my favorite race. If you know anything about me, you know why…it is Gainesville! Gainesville is my magic city. The adrenaline kicks into high gear whenever I am up there, so it should come as no surprise that I would be running this race for the sixth consecutive year. However, it would mark only the second time I would be running the half instead of the full.
I arrived at Jen’s house around 11am on Saturday, and we made our way up to the expo shortly after that. The expo for this race is one of the smallest, but I always seem to come away with a purchase or two. This year, Gainesville Running and Walking was selling all of their running shoes for $50. Despite a limited selection on size 13, I was able to score a pair of Brooks Ravenna at the sale price. They also had a couple of new colors of the ever-popular “I Run Gainesville” tech shirts, which just goes to prove it’s quality, not quantity. This race also consistently puts out what I consider to be the nicest race shirts; this year was no exception.
Traditionally, temperatures for this race tend to skew towards the colder side. This year would prove no different. When we made our way to the starting line, the temperature was a chilly 36 degrees. There were 866 participants in the race, with 186 running the full, and 680 running the half. These numbers were up just slightly from last year.
Yet another successful trip up to my "home away from home." Next race...Swamp House Half Marathon. I need to find one more race in either March or April. Any suggestions?
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