|Who is ready to race? This guy!|
You know what would be a good idea? Oh you don't. A good idea would be running a 50K while preparing to run 2 marathons in November. Even better idea, you say? Running 20 miles back to back weekends, followed by a 50K. Well, that is precisely what Amy and I did yesterday, October 6th, we ran the Blues Cruise 50K, put together by an awesome group, the Pagoda Pacers out of Reading, PA.
|This is more like it!|
Race day registration and the packet pickup were a breeze. Very well organized and fast moving. We got to the pickup/start/finish area shortly after 7:30 am, and the area was buzzing with runners. There was a lot of partial nudity, glide rubbing, and last minute preparations for the race. A completely opposite of what you see at a big city road race. Everyone was carrying some sort of a hydration device, and there was perhaps 3 people "warming" up.
|It's getting hot!|
|Off we go.|
|Team in action!|
|Another one done!|
|Mission accomplished. We did it!|
I can't not mention the amazing volunteers and the aid station crews! They were all very supportive, super excited, and just happy to be there supporting the runners. Bravo! Special shot out to the OktoberFest Aid Station. You guys were great! Number of aid stations was perfect, evenly spaced and very well stocked with everything you could wish for.
We will definitely be back next year!
All my gear worked great! I was very pleased with my Altra Lone Peaks (first time in a race) and my trusty North Face shorts. I really do like those. I used the Endurance Vest by Nathan which also worked well for this race.
|Thems worked hard but well.|
Next up for Amy and myself is the Runner's World Half hattrick in 2 weeks. There will be another report after that race.
Oh, and in case you wanted to run the Roanoke Blue Ridge Marathon next year, Amy will be giving away a free entry very soon.
Photos are courtesy of my wife Amy, myself, Brad Bansner and Karen Blandford.