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It's Rock n Roll.
It's going to be crowded.
But it's all about the fun!
I know from past experience that RnR races are huge! Lots of runners, crowded streets and big entertainment! This was my 3rd different RnR race, so I knew what I was getting into when I signed up. I'll be honest, I prefer the smaller races, but once in a while you just need to go big.
Thankfully the weather was much better this year. Compared to the record breaking unseasonably warm temps on race day, I wasn't going to complain about mid 60's!
Packet Pick up: A breeze!! We arrived at the expo about 2pm and there was literally NO ONE in line! We had race bibs and t-shirts in less than 5 minutes!
Race Expo: I do like the expos for the Rock n Roll races because they have a lot of stuff to check out! We spent a few hours wandering through everything and I picked up a few things that I forgot at home. We were hoping for better deals on some stuff (like shoes) but there really were not a lot of really good deal this time. Oh well, it just means I saved myself a bunch of money! LOL
Race Day: The one thing that I don't like about Rock n Roll races is the start. There are A LOT of corrals! I don't know for sure exactly how many there were for this race, but I was in 21 and I know that I saw corral numbers as high as 32 I think! There could have been more than that, I honestly don't know. The start line is set up with coral markers and runners are instructed to line up in their assigned corral. If you want to go BACK a corral to run with friends you can, but you are not supposed to move forward. Unfortunately, there is no control over this. There is no one verifying that runners are going into correct corrals. Needless to say, this leads to a very confusing and frustrating start! You have individuals who are trying to run and get into that running groove, but are not able to because there are individuals who are out there just to walk the same race. You spend more time trying to run around people or trying to navigate the crowds.
The Course: The course starts with runners heading downhill on Broadway before turning to go around the block and run back UP that same long hill, just a few blocks over! This was the start of the hills of TN! I really enjoyed this course as it runs past many of the historic buildings in town as well as recording studios and then through many awesome historic residential districts. I ran each mile as it came and never looked back!
The support on the course was awesome! Both from a spectator standpoint as well as aid stations! I loved how nearly every block as people cheering, waving signs and motivating runners. Several of the neighborhoods also got into the spirit and added to the entertainment along the course.
Finish line: Again, because of the large number of runners and spectators, the finish line area was very congested! I managed to make it through, grabbing some water, fruit and chocolate milk as I passed. I realized after that I missed the cookies! Grrr!! Cookies would have been awesome! We didn't stick around the finish line very long so I can't really say much about the post race party and everything else at the finish line.
Overall, it was a really fun race to run. Will I run it again? Not sure. I do prefer the smaller races and this one was a little too big for my liking. But that is just a personal factor, and has nothing to do with the race itself.
For my more fun from the Nashville adventure, read more here : http://crazyhamster.run/2018/05/its-music-city-time.html