Some days, you just wake up with a bad ‘tude dudes, no?
With a wakeup like this, you shouldn’t be shocked when I ran up to some dude dressed at mile 5 at the Renegade Race Series Santa Run and I asked, “Would it be bad for me to tell you to go elf yourself?”
Maybe it was the fact I was wearing a costume for the first time, or more likely the bow I tied to my head (who am I?) was cutting off circulation to my brain only leaving the crabby parts exposed, but it was not my day for good running.
Logistics: Since UPS isn’t the one one concerned about handling logistics, I have to give Renegade a super shout out for nailing all of the finer points – solid registration process, on-time race start, great parking (right down the street even 30 minutes before the race started), good amount of port-a-potties, etc.
The one thing they couldn’t control was the weather. As we were walking to the starting area we kept asking, “Is there a heater somewhere?” then realized it was actually crazy hot Santa Ana winds kicking up.
Race: The race itself takes place on the local running trails. It got pretty crowded in pockets (particularly the beginning), but for the most part it was fairly smooths sailing. *A word for those really trying to PR, get to the front of the starting corral because the first half mile can be really crowded.* I had to ditch strawberry about .2 mile in because it was too hard to play Frogger through the crowds together…it was best for each of us to go solo.
For the 10k there are a lot of out and backs and turn arounds which make the race pretty interesting. You can see everyone hustling along (including the guy who won the 10k, easily beating out many of the 5ker’s in the process…who runs that fast?!?!) In addition, there was a lot of water, which was a fabulous thing given that it was hot and windy.
As far as my personal racing went – ehhh….so-so. I went out too fast (surprising absolutely no one) to get out of the crowds, and then settled in a slightly uncomfortable “I’m out of shape” pace. Then around mile 5, I just flat out tanked. It was uphill, into the wind and I kind of just wanted to be in bed reading a book right about then, which is not my typical 5-mile in run attitude. Eventually I realized I missed the 5-mile marker and was all disoriented as to how far I had left to go (I didn’t wear a watch or Garmin). 2 women passed me and I told them to have fun….then looked up to 5 seconds later to see the 6 mile marker.
I felt like a total jerk wad, but I ended up sprinting right there at that moment to catch up and pass them at the end (I might not be PRing, but do like to compete) on my way to the kids and some cool shade.
Vanilla’s age wasn’t recorded correctly in the registration (oops, my bad!) or he would have placed 2nd in his age group – so kuddos to him on a fun, fabulous finish! Chocolate ran the Kid’s Run and took home a 3rd place finish making his little elf feet very happy.
Strawberry was bummed he didn’t PR (he still ran a 24), but he did have fun no less – I mean how could you not in that custom made Buddy the Elf costume? We had other costumes in the group including the Grinch and Max the Dog and a DJing elf. Apparently I can be very crafty and sew, paint and design costumes like a champ, who knew?
Post-Race Fun: As soon as everyone finished the race (and I mean everyone) you got a super cute Santa medal. After the race was a great costume contest and lots of things to do/see (snacks, a photo booth, pictures with Santa, etc.). We cruised around for a bit waiting for the kids race (which was a long time to wait). We didn’t win any of the costume contests, but Strawberry was thrilled to have a large captive audience to watch him do the worm while they were voting for him.
Overall, the family gives this race a 5 out of 5 candy canes on the Christmas race scale. The crowds were big enough to make it exciting – very family friendly and well-run. I think it will be on the list again for next year!