Distance: 4 miles
Date: November 24, 2011; 9am start time (Thanksgiving)
Finish time: 48:45, 12:12 min/mile
What sets this race apart: The bottle of wine for finishers
This is another race put on by M3S Sports. I did this race last year when it had about half the racers it did this year. LOVED it. I mean, what's not to love about a bottle of wine for finishers?
It was a lot more crowded this year - maybe it had something to do with Runner's World picking this race as one of the top 10 thanksgiving races?
Nice swag in the bag for this race as well:
|Long sleeve tech shirt, hat, gloves...and...|
|And a little bottle of whiskey|
|Avery would have loved these if they'd refuse to take them. :)|
They changed the course from last year eliminating most of the hills - which actually kind of bummed me out. LOL. I know, I'm not normal. There were some gentle hills, but nothing even medium sized. Nonetheless, LOVE THIS RACE and the course. Most of the run takes place in Glacier Ridge Metro Park. I do some of my Mommy Milers workouts out there...and I think I'll have to put that in the rotation for training runs. It is even jogging stroller friendly, so once Avery is big enough for the jogging, we'll have to try it out.
There were lots of jogging strollers in the race - very humbling to be passed by someone pushing a double-jogger! There were also a lot of walkers - the downside of a holiday-themed race. Not only were there walkers - but they were inconsiderate.
<stepping onto my soap box> I have no problem with people that walk a race or those that employ a race/walk strategy. What I do have a problem with is when they decide to talk and string out to completely BLOCK the trail behind them. And, when the slow walkers start at the front of the pack. If you know you are slower - start in the rear - don't make it harder on the runners by forcing them to run around you. In fact - a couple times, my patience reached it's limits. Some high schoolers were running hard...and then walking and chatting and covering the trail. As I ran towards them I yelled "Please don't block the entire path." Another time, I was running through the only gap between walkers behind another runner - and she decided to start walking RIGHT in the gap. I actually said aloud "seriously" - but she had her music on so loud (I could tell what she was listening to) that there is no way she heard me. Another time - I simply yelled "On Your Left."
Despite all that, fun race....and several of my Lucky 13 gang were there....
|Sara, me, Judi and Mollie - shamelessly stolen from Sara's camera.|
|Avery - I want a medal instead of this stupid turkey outfit.|
Bottom line - great way to start Thanksgiving. I fully intend to be back again next year!!!
|I get to come next year, right??? I'm dressed for the part!|
What are your thoughts about walkers and run/walkers in a race?
What's the best race swag you've ever gotten? (Can you beat wine and whiskey?)