It’s all laughs now…
2013…we signed up for a race in a town where the tv show I Dream of Jeannie took place, Cocoa Beach. It was not a new race, but it had something cool that sold it for us NASA/ Kennedy Space Center junkies-a different Space Shuttle medal for every year(5 total). Plus an extra 3 year medal if you completed 3 races in a row, and a medal for completing all 5 races. We were hooked.
Back to 2013…we (me and Chris) were signed up for the half marathon. I wanted to break 1:45, Chris wanted to finish under 3:00. Humble pie? Hmm. Neither one of us were able to make a PB, but the Challenger medal was sweet!
2014…signed up for the full marathon. Then was lucky enough to be a 4:45 pacer! I was pacing a lot of my friends that day, but GI issues sidelined me, and I ended up walking for 6.2 miles. My finish line photos were less than stellar. The medal, worth it!
2015…broken right foot. I walked the half with my husband. 4:00 hours-could it get worse?! That year, my 3 year Milky Way medal! Nice.
2016…I am overcoming my marathon fiasco. It’s a redeemer race. 4:54. Not a PB but the course did not defeat me. I ran with friends and made it fun.
What a beautiful sunrise! The views never disappoint.
Saturday and we’re off to the expo for packet pickup. Easy. Then a little bit of Shop Small Saturday. After an early dinner with friends (16 of us) at Olive Garden, time for shut eye. 3:15 a.m comes early, and after a pre race breakfast, it’s time to catch the shuttle bus. We see a lot of friends, and then at 5:45 we head to the start(or the herding of runners). I line up with the 2:00 hour pacer, Chris heads back to the 4:00. Countdown. And we’re off!
Run as fast as you can, but I lose sight of the 2:00 pacer, then the 2:05 but I keep ahead of the 2:10. Running strong, feeling good. Checking out the sights and sounds, then the turnaround(the cross country portion of the race); back I go. 2:10:36 is my official time! I collect my shuttle medal, my finisher towel, and the intergalactic medal. Now breakfast and wait.
Yes! We are Big Bang finishers!
So would I recommend this iconic race?
The bling, if you’re all about medals.
What race gives out finisher towels? Space Coast! And I love all 5 of mine.
The course runs along the Banana River and the historical neighborhood established in 1868. It is beautiful! The views on either side can’t be beat.
Themed water stops! I love the volunteers decked out in Star Wars theme, I Dream of Jeannie, Star Trek, costumes you name it!
Spectators are out in full force! Bacon? Yep. M&M’s? You bet. Alcohol? Get your carbs! I did not indulge but I know a lot of people did. Fun for runners that’s for sure.
Breakfast. The Finish Festival is wonderful! Pancakes, chocolate milk, pizza, muffins, fruit, and beer. Delicious. I always opt for pancakes. Hits the spot.
The expo has outgrown its space. The first Expo was at Kennedy Space Center-I like it. Then the RD switched it to the Raddison Convention Center-too small and parking is a bear.
Pizza…awful. That is all.
Trip hazard in the last 200 yards of a race?! I saw at least 12 people fall and twist ankles or scrape their knees/elbows. Not cool. Why was this portion added? It wasn’t there before. I tripped but luckily recovered.
Flat and fast course? Florida has hills. Get ready for a couple of dips and hills. Don’t be fooled. Still beautiful.
Marathoners trying to scoot around half marathoners or spectators-I felt sorry for those people trying to BQ or PB and the Finish chute was tight. People are so inconsiderate.
Closed host hotels who never informed guests they were closed due to Hurricane Irma. Luckily I called a couple of days before because I didn’t see a confirmation email. Not cool Country Inn and Suites.
The next series registration opens February 2018, guess who will be on her computer? This girl! I think next year will be a marathon Mercury year.
Remember it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey,