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This was my third year running the 408K, second year as a Represent Running ambassador. This race kicks off their "Run the Bay" three-part challenge. The race is now sponsored in part by Under Armour.
- great bling, as always; this year it has a "foot" so you can stand it up on a shelf (see mine here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BCqNWOcCaaW/)
- an Under Armour tee with a design by locals Cukui
- the Mariachi Mile and Memorial Mile
- finishing at Santana Row, home of good eats
- loads of backdropped photo ops throughout Santana Row
- kid's race option is always a good thing -- and it's fun to watch
Review rating notes:
- I once again received my bib via mail and cannot speak to the expo, but heard loads of good things from folks who did get to see it in person, hence 4 stars
- I carried my own fuel again, but the aid stations were stocked and staffed by friendly folks
The Memorial Mile was wonderful as always as it's great to take the time to thank those who serve our country. This year, there was nothing outside Joe Bell's home, but we still ran past it. (http://www.representrunning.com/joe-bell-memorial-mile/) The Mariachi Mile did not disappoint! This year I think there were even more groups on it that last year. It's a truly festive way to end a nearly 5 mile race.
- This has nothing to do with the race itself BUT it was a bummer. A few spots in Santana Row promised to give a percentage of their proceeds if folks stopped by on race day. The RR ambassador group tried to meet up to toast our day at Rosie McCann's but it was a MADHOUSE, and they basically told us that if we weren't going to get a table, we had to go. There was no room at the bar. Like I said, nothing to do with the race itself, but it was a bummer.
Bonus: THERE WERE BANANAS AT THE FINISH. I know, not a big deal to some people, but there weren't any when I finished last year (when I was pregnant and always hungry.) My cousin (who paced me during the race, shown in the photo) and I agreed that the snack bags finishers received were a perk, and the DJ booth at the end of the finisher's chute, where folks were receiving their medals, was a nice touch.
I look forward to doing this one again!
Full review here: