On race day you were able to pick up your bib and even sign up for the race if you hadn't done so already. My husband and I decided to pick up our race bib on Friday in order to avoid the long lines. On Saturday, we headed towards to the start line early in order to avoid the traffic. Unfortunately there was only ONE person running the parking garage at the convention center so there was a lot more traffic than anticipated. I don't understand why they wouldn't have more people running the parking garage when there was an event. It was just plain ridiculous. If I could say one negative thing about this even is this.
Once we finally arrived at the start line I met up with my brother to thank him for the free entries. I also met up with some fellow San Diego Bloggers before the race started. It was so nice to meet all these ladies.
The race started five minutes later than scheduled but when it finally started it went smoothly. The first group was the fast 5k, then the 10k, followed by the remaining 5k runners. Literally not even a quarter of a mile into the race there was a casualty. My husband fell and I was dragged along with him. The fall wasn't very pretty. He chipped his phone; I landed on my knee and somehow managed to hurt my elbow. We got up right away though, and kept on running. Other than the sore knee I felt great. My husband could barely breathe since he was coming off of a pretty bad cold so he was hating life during the run. Since my pace was pretty good I ran ahead of our group. In the end though, I finished alongside my husband.
The course was along the embarcadero. The 5k and the 10k course went off in different direction until meeting up again towards the end, Only when I met with the 5k runners did it feel a bit too crammed for me. Other than that I have no real complaints about the course. And for being a small race there was enough waters stations to keep me hydrated.
The best part of the entire race was the finish line. Never in all my races have I received so much free swag. Every where I turned people were handing me samples. From booth to booth, I kept pilling my bag with anything free that was given to me. When we were half way through checking out the booths, we ran into the beer garden. Not only were the samples free but the beer was free as well. The main beer sponsor was Stella and after a nice run, a cold beer was just what the doctor ordered.
We stayed at the beer garden for a bit but we all had to run errands so we left to finish the remaining booths. At one of the final booths, I was able to meet the running legends Bill Rodgers and Meb! They are both truly inspirational. I've met Meb before at a few other races I've participated in but it was honor to meet Bill for the first time.
Would I run this race again? Hell yesss! After getting all the free swag, why wouldn't I? Currently the race is in four cities (San Diego, Tampa, Austin, and Fairfax) but hopefully more cities will be added to the list. So if you happen to live by any of these four locations I would highly recommend signing up for it!
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