Guys, I have a new favorite race.
It’s silly, it’s awesome, and it’s full of running Santa’s!
I think 99% of the people at this race were wearing their santa shirts and/or a costume. There were elves, presents, reindeer, you name it. This is the perfect race to get silly with your friends and run in costume for fun!
The race started at Castaway Bay in Sandusky. About an hour away. But the race didn’t start until 9:00 for the half marathoners and 9:30 for the 5k’ers, so there was plenty of time to get there (and plenty of parking!) and hang out before it started.
Me and the newlywed, Christie!
I only ran the 5k since I had run 17 miles the day before with my team, and if I had to give one criticism it would be that the 5k route sucked. It’s an out and back and you don’t really see anything. Totally boring. But just people watching kept me pretty entertained and I think if they put some Christmas music along the course that would be just enough!
I didn’t plan on racing, I just wanted to run as comfortable as I could without wanting to die (how I usually feel during a 5k). So my time was more than 2 minutes slower than my 5k PR earlier this year. Funny how training for time (like I was the first half of this year) actually works!
I ran a 26:36 (8:35 pace) – good enough for 5/130 in my age group. I’ll take it!
Even though the 5k course sucked, I heard the half marathon course was pretty amazing since you get to run through Cedar Point. And, even with a sucky course, I would totally run this race again. Except next time I’ll put more effort into my costume and convince my friends to dress up with me!
Do you like to dress up for races, or no? Would you?