As we were walking to the 'staging area' we started talking to a man and his teenage daughter. They became my friends for the night. They had driven in about 1.5 hours for the event. I LOVED chatting with them. They may have even convinced me to run a particular race in Philadelphia this spring.
Kyle and I connected with Stacey at the start.
The race is at nighttime and starts shortly after the Plymouth tree lighting and Santa parade. All of us were geared up in bright clothes and headlamps. It was cold and a bit damp but thankfully the hard rain held off until post-race.
Pretty soon the tree lit up the night and Santa passed by us. We all did a little march down the street together towards the start line. People saw a timing mat and started running.... I knew that it was the finish so I kept the people around me calm. Soon after we crossed over the real start line and began running.
We had started way to far back in the crowd so we were barely able to get moving until about a half mile in. It was fine though because this was just for our enjoyment and to celebrate the holiday. Kyle disappeared but Stacey and I stuck together and chatted. I even took a few selfies...cause that's what I do.
The course was great and the guys at the water table were pretty insistent that people hydrate. Stacey and I assured them that we would be okay. A few minutes after that I spotted Kyle up ahead of us. We decided to close the gap. He wasn't very happy when we caught up to him since he wanted to beat us. Sorry Kyle.
It was fun to run down the street lit up by Christmas lights. I finished and saw my new friend Aviya at the water table. We chatted briefly before she took off to find her dad. It was a really great race and I had a blast. The fun didn't end there though.
I needed a photo with random runners for #RunChatHunt and luckily these two people agreed to pose with me. Can you believe that neither are on Twitter?! I didn't know that was possible. I told them to join and to #runchat (If anyone knows where I can buy a pair of those shorts he is wearing...let me know! A friend needs them.)
Kyle, Stacey, and I headed back to the tree to snap a few photos.
Then we enjoyed the post-race festivities.
Have you done a holiday race yet or do you have one scheduled? Which one?