|At the starting line.|
Right before we parked it started pouring rain for 10 minutes and then it went back to a drizzle as we were approaching the starting line. 5 minutes into the race, the rain finally let up and it stopped raining for the remainder of the race. WOOT WOOT! There were a TON of walkers, kids and strollers, which was to be expected though. That really made it hard to run a lot of the course, so I just did a slow jog for parts of the course where it was wide enough to not have to dodge kids, strollers, and walkers.
The race started at 9 AM with the first wave and then a new wave every 4-5 minutes. After passing the starting line, Harlie Jade was getting a bit irritated, so we had to move aside and stop to attend to her. She was getting used to her weather shield we had on the stroller. After 10 minutes, she didn't seem to mind it. She would start freaking out when we went through a bubble bog/station and the weather shield was covered in foam. She didn't like that at all! She fell asleep half way through, so we got to enjoy the bubble bogs a little more and didn't have to rush through it.
Bubble bogs/stations are where you pass through the bubbles and foam. There was a wait for EVERY bubble bog we had to go through. The wait was between 5-10 minutes when I reached each bubble bog. Some of the bogs had a huge buildup of bubbles and it was as tall as me, or even taller when there was a good buildup. I'm 5' 4". Others were pretty shallow. I'm assuming because we missed the buildup of the bubbles whereas with other bogs, we had perfect timing! The bubbles don't burn your eyes, or at least they didn't burn mine or my hubby's. It wasn't slippery and it was totally safe. I felt that walking in the mud was more dangerous than walking or running through the bubbles. I was doing nothing, but slipping and sliding in the mud walking in the field where we parked to get to the starting line.
|Pink bubble bog|
I had the most fun in the blue and yellow bubble bogs! I had a freaking blast in them! Not only were they super deep, but the yellow one had a larger area opened up in that bog for people to step aside and take pictures, play a little longer, meet up with others from your group, etc. It was also the very last bog of the event.
|The finish line. And Harlie Jade covered in bubbles (the part she DIDN'T like). Luckily, she was sleeping.|
After the race we stuck around for a little bit before it started raining again. They had a bubble bog area at the finish line festival to play in and I thought it was really cool! Harlie Jade was awake by then, so we decided to take her out to play in it and get some fun photos. I think they should of had two bubble bogs instead of one. We had a good time though. I didn't want to leave just yet, but it was getting ready to pour again and the temps were dropping, so we had to leave sooner than we wanted.
I wasn't too fond of parts of the course because some of the course had gravel and someone could have easily hurt themselves running on it. I've landed wrong quite a few times while running on gravel in the past. The scenery wasn't all that great. The only thing that made it interesting were the dark clouds lingering in the sky.
The cotton t-shirts and the headbands were of great quality. This is a very family-friendly laid back event. Overall, they need to improve on parking, customer service response, bubble bog backup, wave times, and organization with packet pickup. In the end, I still recommend this race because it's so much fun, despite the problems and it was so much fun playing in the bubbles/foam and watching kids have the time of their lives :) I do feel that this race could of been better executed. Hopefully they take the feedback from the customers to heart and work on making this race better because it really is a fun race, but it can be better. I will definitely be doing it again next year if they come back.
I usually don't post too many photos with my race recaps because usually there is no need to, but with this event... I had so many cool photos that are just too awesome not to share on here. I might start adding photo albums to my posts, but first I need to figure out how to do it.
Happy National Running Day!!!!!!!! This is such a fun day to celebrate! I run because it's my therapy. It makes me a happier person all around and it makes me love life to the fullest. I am blessed to be able to run because I know that one day, there might come a time when I can no longer run, let alone walk. I am blessed to have found running and fitness and to say that I was finally able to welcome both things with open arms. Running pushes me out of my comfort zone. It pushes me to try things I never thought I would try and to do things that I never thought I would or could do. Talking about running makes me happy and gives me a good tingly feeling. :)
Those are just some of the many reasons on why I run. So, let me ask you....
Why do you run?