Finally, we hit the jackpot!
It was 43 degrees as Lindsey and I made our way to the starting line. Decked out in a long-sleeve shirt and a running jacket, there was no chance of getting overheated or being too cold. With 623 participants taking their mark at 6:20am, the crowd did not look that big. I’ve run this race many times before, so I won’t bore you with the details of the course.
It was very quiet up until the end. Just like last year, there was a Mayor’s Challenge 1-Mile Walk. This started at 9am, and finished at the same place as the half marathon. Just like last year, we spent the last three-tenths of the race dodging little kids and their parents. As we crossed the finish line, there was a Disney-sized crowd just standing there. It took me a solid ten minutes to find anyone giving out the medals. Lindsey finished one minute ahead of me, and was told they ran out of medals. We finally located a woman who had a whole box, but was unaware that any of the other folks handing out the medals had run out. It was so crowded, you could literally get lost in the shuffle. This pretty much ruined the entire experience of the race.
This is very much a no-frills race, but it is about 20 minutes from my house. Last year was a disaster, but I was willing to give them the opportunity to clean it up this year. They could have had the 1-milers finish on the other side of the road. There was no traffic allowed, and the 1-mile run was not timed. If they do not rectify this mess, I’m afraid I won’t be entering this race again.
At least the weather was tremendous.
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