Now in its 33rd year, this is a great event. Since 1994 Runners World has listed it among the best races in the country, and it's been host to the National Masters Championship as well as the U.S. Women's National Half Marathon Championship.
For me personally, I loved the race and the beautiful course but my diet for the week leading up to the race was a disaster. A case could probably be made that if I'm a vegan, I'm not a very good one, and the trail of empty milkshake cups and hamburger wrappers I've left behind lately would be just cause for shunning by an actual card-carrying vegan. So we've settled the fact that I'm not perfect when it comes to eating, but for the record, I'm planning to soon get back to my habit of watching animal cruelty videos on YouTube so I can get back to eating in a way that's more compassionate towards animals.
Speaking of disasters, my video sunglasses finally stopped short, never to go again. I was wearing them at the start of the race but in the second mile I felt an odd sensation on my face and everything looked kind of screwy. It took me a couple seconds to realize that not only had the lens that I had taped up a couple weeks ago fell out, but the frame had completely fallen apart and was being held together only by the electric wires that were still intact. I folded up what was left of the glasses and stuck them in my back pocket. The good news is that I've ordered some new glasses -- a different brand with great reviews -- and I should have them by the time I run my next race around the 4th of July. Of course that also means that I didn't get pictures of this race, so I'm hoping that nobody will get mad because I "borrowed" the pics below from mostly the local news sources.
|The men and women started at separate locations a couple blocks apart|
and met up again about one mile into the race.
|The entire course was great but along the beach is always best.|
The crowd support was possibly the best I've seen at any race I've ever
run with the exception of the New York City Marathon, but that's a
whole different thing.
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Age Group: 4 of 56
Overall: 443 of 4009
Average Heart Rate: 170 (higher than normal... heat related maybe??)
Maximum Heart Race: 182
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 1:23:59 (70.51%)
* RACE RATING *
3 - Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 - Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 - Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 - Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
5 - Course Scenery: (0)bad (2)pleasant (5)extraordinary
2 - Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 - Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 - Finish line: (0)mediocre (2)not bad (5)very good (7)spectacular!
2 - Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 - Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 - Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no (short gravel road near finish)
1 - Cost: (0)expensive (1)reasonable (3)cheap!
0 - Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes
2 - Posted promptly online: (0)no (2)yes
1 - Clear link on website: (0)no (1)yes
2 - 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 - 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 - 14 and under group (1) (5k race only)
1 - 65+ group (1)
1 - 70+ group (1)
2 - Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 - Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 - Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 - Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes
5 - Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent (Big Bucks!)
5 - Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent (Nice Trophies!)
0 - Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
5 - Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals
10 - Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
9 - Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 - Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes
2 - Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 - Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 - T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 - Design: (0)not good (1)not bad (2)nice (5)beautiful!
2 - Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
0 - Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes
5 - Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
0 - Prices: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap! (EXPENSIVE!)
2 - Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (2)yes (5)lots of free pics!
2 - Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 - Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
0 - Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no (nearby parking ONLY if you're early)
2 - Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no
2 - Dedicated race website (0)no (2)yes
2 - Results or link to results posted on website: (0)no (2)yes
0 - Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
2 - Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 - Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes