Yesterday was the first race of the season. Sure, I ran a kids half marathon (1.31 miles) with our son and daughter. However, this was the first race I registered for. It was the Divas Half Marathon and 5K in St. Augustine.
I have run this race since its inaugural season in 2014 and I LOVE it. As a race geared towards women (hello…shirtless firefighters giving medals), the support along the route, from volunteers and fellow racers, is amazing. There’s feather boas and tiaras just before you cross the finish line and bubbly for when you do cross! Then they have their “cafe,” that is bananas, apples, granola bars, water, and a salty snack of some sort. This year it was Snyders pretzels.
My first year I ran alone, dressed as an 80s prom queen. Last year I ran with my husband, as Minnie and Mickey. This year, my 6 year old son ran with me. He was an elf and I was Diva Claus. All the ladies loved him.
See the matching outfit too??
He was a rockstar. It’s the first race he’s not asked to jump on my back. Usually he hops on and I jog a quarter mile or so, and he hops off. Not this year. I was SO proud of him.
Don’t worry, it’s ginger ale
Bling at the beach
So proud of him
If you’ve never been to St. Augustine, you need to go. America’s oldest city, it boasts a vibrant, historic downtown, and a laid-back pier and beachside. This race takes place at the latter. It starts at the St. John’s Pier and winds through a small neighborhood, comes back onto A1A Beach road, with a quick and flat 0.5 miles to the finish line. This year’s route was a bit different, though. We wound through much narrower streets and even on a 3-4 ft wide walking path at one point.
These things wouldn’t have been an issue if they actually relayed basic race etiquette to the runners. Ladies were walking 5-7 wide and hardly yielded to those actually running. Many of them would stop jogging right in front of you. So you’d better be watching. There were even a few ladies answering their phones while running/walking. Although not a safety issue, it was just odd to see them on the phone. Ha ha
Since this race is a first for many women, I feel the race owes it to them to at least list common race etiquette in their race packets. In fact, I’d much rather have a printed race map and runner’s “rules,” than the free tutu they give all racers.
Overall, I will continue to run this 5k. It’s a great, flat course and close enough to the beach without having to get sand in my tennis shoes. It doesn’t hurt that we make a weekend out of it each year either.
2014, 2015, 2016