As I queued up with the other runners for the Half, 5K and 10K I enjoyed seeing the other grass skirts of varied colors, materials and lengths. Some ladies had some pretty festive attire out there! The heat was starting to build up, even with an 8am start time and it was easily within the first mile that I regretted my bushy pigtails instead of the large ponytail to protect my neck from sun.
As I exited the park with the other runners, we were treated with glimpses of more waves of swimmers and the cheers for them! After leaving the park, the 10K winds through some of the suburban neighborhoods near the park and up a short trail of packed dirt to an asphalt path next to the highway. From here, I could see the smiling faces and determination and grit of the women on their bikes as they competed in the Sprint, Tri-it, or sprint Du. The course, at least for my 10K was a hot one with very little shade, but aid stations were abundant with enthusiastic volunteers asking if participants would like misted. This was very welcome and appreciated!
After finishing back at the beautiful Blue Lake Park, I enjoyed some tasty treats, a cold beer and admired my hard-earned medal. My camera could not catch the shimmering detail, but the white enamel has an iridescent glitter that reminds me of fire opal. The course is very well supported with enthusiastic volunteers and plenty of hydration for the very warm weather we have been experiencing. I thought the event was very well-organized and a whole lot of fun!