WHAT WAS AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
This year wins for most value in a race that I paid for. First, as we finished, we received this:
It's important that I point out that I hate it when people go to races with a modest spread, grab a box, and then grab a million of everything and fill up their box. That's not cool, especially if you finish in front of a lot of people. This was ONE of everything. Just one. They offered the box at the end and I only took one because I absolutely needed it. We still have some of this food in our kitchen. Second, they brought back having entertainment post-race and it was great band made up of members of the Navy. Add in the free cans of Sam Adams and great weather and I could have stayed there forever. Post-race, we also got free race photos, which I think truly is the wave of the future. People don't want to pay $20 for a 5 x 7 unless it's truly epic. They don't mind a sponsor logo here or there though. Great move and I hope other races do the same.
WHAT WASN'T AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
It's hard to ignore the race distance issue. It's a weird distance and I understand that. That's a cardinal rule of the race though: you have to nail it. This was also a CARA circuit race, so that makes it almost inexcusable. I love the course and I like seeing different parts of the fort, but if you can't nail the distance, don't move the course around. I still don't know where we lost the mileage in the back or gained it from the front. I can deal with the lack of entertainment or crappy food or some of the other things I have featured during this section of my blog posts. Can't screw up the distance though.
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