• San Rafael,
    United States
  • October
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Stephanie Dunlap

California, United States
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Stephanie Dunlap's thoughts:

I learned an important lesson at the Marin Endurance Festival... the lesson of what it means to have grit. By definition, grit is having courage and resolve. It takes courage to sign up for a half marathon. It takes resolve to make it to the finish line.

As a pacer with Beast Pacing, I have the distinct privilege of encouraging and pacing runners to the finish line. I've paced numerous races from when I first became a pacer five years ago, but this experience at the Marin Endurance Festival was one of my favorites.

The course was beautiful (a mix of road and trail overlooking the water), there was great swag (long sleeve tech shirt and medal), and there was a cold beer waiting for me at the finish line.

The cold beer waiting for me at the finish line was HUGE because I was the last person to cross the finish line. I was pacing the 3:45 half marathon finish time, which is also the course cut-off time. As a back-of-the-pack runner, you're always worried about what you're going to find at the finish line; Will there be any food and water left? Will I earn my medal?

I'm very happy to report that not only was there food and water left, there was also cold beer! I highly recommend the Marin County Half Marathon for all runners, even those who may be in the back of the pack.

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