- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
The expo and packet pickup were over at the Mahaffey Theatre and Saturday Morning Market. I love that it was combined with the morning market cause it allowed us to do some local shopping while supporting the businesses that supported the race. The only thing I would change about packet pickup would be to put it in the lobby of the mahaffey or maybe even at the Rowdies stadium. Otherwise, it was an easy-peasy pickup!
It's a good course but it has quite a lot of turns. Some people love that, I'm not one. For me, it makes the race feel longer. I don't know why but that's just how it feels. There is a lot of construction going on downtown so I don't know if the course will change any as that lets up. The best part of the course, by far, was running through the Tampa Bay Rays stadium. It was a nice reprieve from the sun and the heat to get some of the milage inside! When you came into the stadium they had the camera turned on so that you showed up on the jumbotron! It was awesome!
Then you get to run out of the stadium and up a nice little hill! All around downtown. As we were coming down Central Ave into 1st your could feel the heat and humidity starting to rise. This course it completely open to the elements. There was some shade from buildings but not very much. However, it is great to get to run through downtown St. Pete!
The post-race party is where this race WINS! When you finish they hand you a medal and a race specific tervis tumbler pre-filled with water! They made a big deal about the race being as green as possible and that is amazing!! Then you got an Orangetheory/St. Pete run ICE COLD TOWEL. It was absolutely needed and amazing!
Then you head into the post-race area that was sporting a beer/wine garden, food from Outback, Carabba's, and Bonefish Grill. And the BEST part was the Beach Snowballs! I've never heard of them but it is quite possibly the best snowball I have ever had!
All in all, this was a great first time race! I've already got this weekend blocked off on my calendar for next year! Hopefully, they have a new tervis every year and I can start a stellar collection! If you happen to be in the St. Pete area the weekend before Thanksgiving next year this race is a must!!!