In an effort to overcome the trauma that I experienced during the US Half Marathon, I signed up for the Presidio 10 hoping that running across the Golden Gate Bridge would, finally, be an enjoyable experience. I’ll save you the suspense- it was! It really, really was!
Since I counted Race Evils in my post about the US Half, let’s count Race Awesomeness in this one…
The Presidio 10 is put on by two non-profit groups, The Guardsmen (to raise money for programs, scholarships, and camps benefiting disadvantaged children in the Bay Area) and the Ashlyn Dyer Foundation (to raise money and awareness for brain and spinal injury research). And you know me, I’m all about supporting good causes… (Race Awesomeness #1 and #2!)
With very reasonable start times (Race Awesomeness #3), 8am for the 10 miler and 8:30am for the 10K, Andrea and I left for the city around 7am, parked easily (Race Awesomeness #4) right off the Presidio, and took a brief walk to the bib pick-up and starting line in Crissy Field. Having run 10 very hilly miles the day before, my legs were already tired after the short walk- I was so happy to just be running the 10K that day!
We easily met up with the other women in my Team Cocktail Moms running group (founded by yours truly- I like to combine my hobbies, you see) and we stood around chatting and hydrating before saying good bye to Michelle, Debbie, and Andrea as they headed to the 10 mile start. Race Awesomeness #5- tables and tables loaded with cups of fresh, cold water! During pre-race! Loved that!
After the Star Spangled Banner and brief announcements from both of the foundations, the 10K race started and my team mate Angelica and I happily chatted together as we jogged on down the street toward that bridge. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there are hills in San Francisco. Lots of them. And within the first 2 miles, we had conquered quite a few of those “inclines” but still held a very steady pace throughout.
We hit the bridge and because this was a smaller race wth about 1,300 runners (Race Awesomeness #6) and because the Presidio 10 utilized BOTH sides of the bridge (Race Awesomeness #7 and #8 for being able to FINALLY run on the East AND West paths!), there really wasn’t too much congestion and certainly wasn’t any bottle necking or complete halts. IT’S A RACE MIRACLE!!!!! (Do you hear that, US Half turkeys? DO YA, HUNH???)
Angelica and I completed one side, climbed a bit to get to the other side, and then started to take pictures of each other with the bridge in view. This proved to not be an easy task as we were sorta kinda in a race and sorta kinda trying to run and sorta kinda trying not to run into our fellow racers or face-first into any poles. I am so sorry to Angelica that I completely failed to get even one good picture of her on the bridge as I am still learning my new Andriod phone and could not, for the life of me, press the correct button while I ran. Angelica, on the other hand, with her hand dandy iPhone, grabbed 2 awesome shots of me (thank you so much, girl!):
After the bridge, we went down some stairs and started our way back to Crissy Field. As soon as we hit mile 5, I decided to up my effort, pump my legs faster and start sprinting it in. Crossed the finish line in 1:03 and was handed a cup of cold water and proceeded to wait in line for my cocktail (Race Awesomeness #9, 10, 11, and 12- they offered post-race bloody marys, screw drivers, beer, and mimosas!!!!), then grabbed a perfectly warm ham, egg & cheese breakfast burrito (Race Awesomeness #13), and chatted with my team mates while listening to live music (Race Awesomeness #14).
Without a doubt, I loved this race and I plan to do it annually. Not only does it support 2 great causes, but the organizers did everything right that the US Half did wrong- less runners meant less congestion on the bridge, we had access to both bridge paths, they were obviously concerned about my hydration with all the H2O available, there was plenty of alcoholic beverages and fresh tasty food available, and the post-race festivities were in an area that was big enough for all the runners, not crowded at all! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
This was a stellar experience over all! I couldn’t have been happier with the day, the race, the company, or my 1 beer and 3 screwdrivers! Thank you, Presidio 10!!!
Speaking of good causes, my friends Susan and Bobby are raising money for Austism Speaks in honor of their son Alex and will be participating in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Bay Area on May 19th. They have raised over $4,600 to date!!! Can you help them get to $5000???
Finally, my virtual friend Suz at Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between is fund raising for the March of Dimes, an organization that helps moms have full-term pregnancies and helps preemies live healthy lives. Having had 2 premature babies myself, this cause is near to my heart- visit Suz’s page and please consider donating today.
Are you fund raising for a good cause? If so, please feel free to comment with a link to you fund raising page and/or email me and I will be happy to include your information in my next post!