We arrived at Metropolitan Park across from Everbank Field early on race day. A little too early but you never know how traffic will be. We enjoyed a little stroll along the river on that beautiful morning while waiting for the race to start. As we gathered at the start line we reminded RJ that this was for fun and this wasn't a timed race. Looking back on it, I am not sure if Scott and I were reminding RJ of this as much as we were reminding ourselves, ha! The race director started the race at 9am after explaining the first 1 1/2 miles would be a little hotter than the last 1 1/2 miles.
We ran around Everbank Field, past the baseball complex and around the Maxwell House coffee plant before returning to Metropolitan Park. The director was correct, the first part of the race was a bit warm while the second part of the race consisted of being drenched by bystanders with fire hoses and at the half way point we ran through foam! For the record, the water coming from a fire hose stings a little bit! The finish line was a giant slip 'n slide, so awesome! Riley flew down the slip n' slide in a flash. Even though there are no pictures Scott and I both slid down it as well, promise!
Pre-Race Photo - DRY
A little soaked :-)
RJ getting hit by the fire hose . . . OUCH!
Yep, we are DRENCHED!
Love this finish line photo of RJ.
Thanks to my9oh4.com for the picture!
This race was so much fun! The race organizers completely lived up to their promises.. it was hot, it was wet, it was fun! We laughed the entire 3 miles, which rare in any race! My goal of just having an enjoyable morning was achieved!! If there is a Drenched 5K happening in area near you I strongly recommend you grabbing your family and/or a group friends to participate in this run.
Taking a break from the half marathon training was very welcomed. I think it's so important when in the middle of training or racing to plan a race that is just for fun. It's good for the mind, the body and the soul. In this case it was good for me and the fellas. Now, it's back to training for this Momma, bootcamp three mornings a week along with running three days a week.