|PreRace: Me, Kary, Jon, Beth, Ann, Thomas, and Ransom (Reece with the Photobomb)|
|Rush Pavilion for Check in and Post Race|
|Are we having fun yet?|
I just hung with the leader for the first couple of miles. I kept hearing this jingling behind us, like Santa was making a New Year's day delivery. After a while I remembered that they had a table with free bells so you could run "Ringing in the New Year" the whole way.
|Bells to wrap around your waist or whatever|
|Not exactly his hip pocket, but close enough|
I took off hard that next 1/4 mile and dropped him pretty quickly. Then it was time to hang on. I definitely wasn't in the running shape I was a year ago. Plus I had gotten up early that morning and did an easy 20 miler outside on my bike. It was kinda like a warm up. Yeah. I rode my bike before a race. But I really like riding and I knew I wouldn't be able to ride the rest of the day. I wanted start the new year off right, ya know?
I didn't exactly feel awesome the last 5 minutes of the race, but I wasn't looking for anything here but the Win. And I did get that. Full results here.
So the results here are pretty old school. No timing chip on your ankle or integrated into the bib. Just plain old hit the button when someone crosses the finish line and tear the bottom off their race number.
|Old School Timing|
Like I said, what do you want for $14? Well, I'll tell ya', I was pleased with the post-race food, though. Cheese and Crackers, bagels with cream cheese, potato chips, pretzels.
|Post Race Spread|
They even had marshmallows and a warm fire going.
They did have awards. Also if you got an award you got to pick a bag or an old race t-shirt from one of the other races that the Rock Hill Striders put on (Pumpkin Run or Greenway Trail Half Marathon).
In keeping with the "Ring in the New Year" theme, the awards were bells. I liked it because it was different and I already have almost any kind of award you can think of (wait, did that sound egotistical, or just conceited?). Our Group came away with quite the haul. The boys swept the 14 and under age group and Ann won the girls 14 and under age group.
|Ring your Bell!|