What an exciting day! I had 80 volunteers staffing the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation water station at mile 3/23 of the race. It’s an out and back course so we got to see all the runners, twice.
Here’s my team looking pretty chipper for 5:30 am on a Sunday morning.
Not that guy. That’s my son, who got up at 4:20 to get in some community service hours. He’s not feeling at all chipper.
They look pretty chipper though because they’ve had coffee and bagels. (Thanks Starbucks & Einstein Bros Bagels Oceanside/Encinitas!!)
I even remembered to get a group shot this year.
We caught a glimpse of the elite marathoners. Here they come…
…and there they go!
The volunteers got a short breather between the full and half marathon. (Yes, I skipped through the part where the rest of the 1,500 marathon runners came flying by.) They used this time to prep the water station for the onslaught of the half marathon, grab some breakfast, post some selfies, and evidently to take a nap.
Up next were the elite half-marathoners. Swoosh…there they go!
Then the runners just kept coming and coming. Never fear, we were ready!
You never know who you’re going to see on race day and this guy kind of creeped me out.
And what kind of a honeymoon is this?
I waited eagerly for a sighting of Team Que Syrah Syrah and they did not disappoint. They even stopped for a quick water break and a picture. Don’t they look great!
Our volunteers provided lots of water and support for the nearly 10,000 runners.
And we have the best band on the course. Semisi & FulaBula has been playing at our mile for years. The reggae and steel drums keep everyone motivated and dancing.
What do you do when you realize you have way more bagels than your volunteers can eat? Yep, we handed them out to the runners and offloaded a few dozen. There were plenty of smiles to go around even as the marathoners were heading into mile 24.
Team Que Syrah Syrah still looked great on the return. We made sure they saw their special poster. They said it was a hard race but I didn’t believe them because they were still full of smiles and energy at mile 10’ish.And that’s a wrap on the 2016 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon.
Check out the marathon leader board here and the half marathon leader board here. I feel the need to point out that the marathon leaders ran 26.2 miles faster than I ran my first half-marathon last year. No worries, it’s not a contest, right?
Congratulations to all the participants! So proud of all of you. I hope everyone celebrated like the Running Posse did. (Celebratory picture may or may not have been poached from a Running Posse post. Names have been deleted to protect the not-so-innocent.)
Up next…the SweetHeart 5K!