Best Damn Race Recap – Cape Coral 2016
If you have never done a “Best Damn Race” I encourage you to sign up for one. They are put on by runners so they know the little things that go into making a great race. The Cape Coral race weekend 12/11/16 had a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon race distances. The 5K and 10K races started at 7am while the half marathon start was 7:25am. This made sure there was plenty of time for the fist 2 groups to be well on their race courses before the half group started. Prior to the race there was entertainment, give aways, and most importantly potties! 😉 The parking directions where pretty easy to follow and made for an easy in and out after the race.
I got there about 6:45am since I still had to pick up my race packet and wanted to make sure I knew exactly where I was going. They had clear signs posted to direct you to the packet pick up area. I picked up my race bib, shirt and bag. They had music going and vendors showing off their merchandise. I quickly put my bib on and got ready before heading to the race start area. After a quick 2 min walk I made it to the start corral with time to see the 5K and 10K racers take off! It was fun to be able to cheer them on. They also had water and nuun available to anyone who wanted some as well as more potties. At 7:25 they had a quick national anthem and before I knew it my pace group was off!
All races courses were out and back in style. While we were running we could see the 5K and 10K groups making their way back. A tiny bit of me was jealous since I was on mile 2 while they were almost done…. only 11.1 miles to go! I managed to stay ahead of the 2:30 pacer for the first 8 miles of the race. I was very proud of myself for that and if I didn’t start to feel the blisters on my feet I might have been able to keep up with him the last few miles. The good things about the Best Damn Race is that they have a pacer for almost every 15min interval. This helped me gage since at one point I saw the 2:45 pacer and thought, better get my booty going! Overall the corse had plenty of water/nuun stops. There was only 1 time when I wished they had one but I had to run an extra mile before I saw it. (I know I need to carry water with me.) Compared to other races though, that was amazing. They had at least 6-8 water stations since some you could hit on the way back as well. They also had 2-3 GU stations which was awesome! I mean who doesn’t like free fuel?!?
They had police or volunteers at every intersection blocking traffic for runners. There were a few spots with community support cheering runners on. All the volunteers were very encouraging along the course. The race ended near the same area as the starting line. When you made the final turn it was a straight away to the finish. My personal goal was to be within 2:30something and I did it! I saw the clock as I came down the finish chute and had a big smile on my face. My wonderful husband was also there cheering me on. I jumped across the finish line with my new PR!
I received my beautiful big medal and couldn’t be happier. The race also had a killer after party with plenty of snacks and samples of different products. They had a PR bell that I rang loud and proud. Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait to run another Best Damn Race! See you at the finish line!
Cheers to many more miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie