- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
I've been wanting to run this race for a long time and finally had my chance this year! And it was on my birthday ... bonus!
Starting with the expo, it was easy getting my bib and race shirt, (that ran a tad small,) plus take some fun photos and buy merchandise in a huge tent set up at the inlet parking lot. We did pay for parking but to save money, you can look for spaces along side streets. We then were able to walk to Dough Roller on the boardwalk for some pre-race carb loading!
On race morning, my husband dropped us off near Division Street and we walked to the inlet where buses were waiting. Runners were assigned arrival times based off their last names but we were running late due to alarm malfunction. ;) That wasn't a problem, though, and we were soon loaded and driven to the race start at Assateague State Park.
Lines for the bathroom were long but once inside, we had a nice break from the morning chill. There were also changing stalls that made getting yourself ready quite nice. Bag check was through open windows of school buses that was quite handy! As for the course, it's flat except for the bridge. I have to say that running on the slightly sloped shoulder of Route 611 wrecked havoc on my knees, enough to say goodbye to my PR goal.
Making it to the downtown inlet area put some pep back into my step, though! I absolutely loved running on the Boardwalk and the finish at the Inlet Parking was so much fun! They also had lots of post-race snacks, drinks, a free beer, and lovely race medal. Getting my bag back was also quite easy.
All in all, if it weren't for my knee pain, I'd give this race five stars! We will be back next year and plan on taking it easy on Route 611. If you'd like more information, visit my blog post or video recap!