*Edited to add that there were FREE race pictures and I've added my faves at the bottom. Another Huge thumbs up for this race!*
This race was so much awesome. How could a race with cake, Nutella, grape drink, couches and 'Blerches' in fat suits be a bust? If that last sentence made absolutely no sense, I encourage runners and non-runners alike to read Matthew Inman's inspiring and hilarious comic on running.
|now a hilarious and inspiring book|
|perpetual line down the block for packet pickup|
I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that we received half zip long sleeve shirts in our goody bag, along with a Blerch magnet and sticker.
Getting the shirt took awhile because they were not only separated by size/gender, but by race distance. I'm thinking that in the future it'd probably be easier for everyone to get the same shirt with all the distances included. Maybe if I was running the marathon, I'd think differently?
On race day, I drove over with Dawn who scored a parking pass for the lot right the start/finish area, Tolt MacDonald park. However, it seemed that parking nearby was easy and plentiful for all, parking pass or no. Speaking of parking, The Oatmeal had his Spaceboat of Light and Wonder right up front.
The full marathon started at 9AM, the half at 9:30AM and the 10K at 10AM which was just another reason I was glad to have switched down to the 10K. We got settled in just in time to watch the half runners start and pretty soon we were off.
I started out in a bit of a crowd, so I did my usual zipping around (probably too fast) to find some space to settle in to a nice pace. I wasn't trying too hard, but I wanted to make SOME sort of effort. There's a bit of rocky gravel in the first half mile or so and I was trying to get through that as quickly as possible. There were also a few runner 'carrots' I was chasing and trying to pass to keep me entertained on the way to the turnaround (all distances were an out and back along the gorgeous Snoqualmie Valley trail) which was apparently a slight uphill grade. After sitting on the couch, taking a Blerch selfie and having some electrolytes disguised as grape drink, I felt revived and took off with wayyyy more pep in my step.
|huge couches! running blerches!|
|age group medal!|
|individual race medals for each distance|
|so. much. cake. The cake and Nutella sandwiches were available at the finish as well as at all the aid stations.|
|pic I showed him of Chewy and his rendering|
|These signs were plentiful, and I took them to heart.|
Also, I just learned that on Sunday's race, a young man collapsed and died. Such a terrible tragedy. If you would like to donate to Evan Sebenius' memorial fund, please go here.