Sanibel 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.
Let me start by saying I live about 45min from Sanibel Island. Even though it was a longer drive race morning it was a beautiful one! I was glad that the race didn’t start till 7:30am though. I got up race morning about 5:25am which gave me plenty of time to get everything together, dressed and out the door by 6:15am. I wanted to make sure I got there with plenty of time to spare, and the extra time defiantly came in handy! The fee to get over the bridge is $6 so keep that in mind! I parked in the first parking lot that they were directing racers into, although I wish I had kept going straight because the next lot was right across from the race start. Where I parked I had to walk about 10min to get to the race start. Not a big deal, but when you still have to pick up your race packet and put it back in your car the walk can take more time then expected. So I will be parking in the second lot next year for faster access to my car.
After I got all checked in, race packet in hand I put my bib on while walking back to my car to put my bag with all my goodies in it. The bag had some information about local stores, a koozie and reusable water bottle. On the way back I stopped to use the restroom which of course like any race morning had a long line. They did have a few porto-potties available as well. I made it with just enough time to get to the race start and make sure my headphone were connected before they said GO!
The course itself is quickly becoming one of my favorites for a local race. It was shaded 90% of the time (big bonus in FL) and was wide enough that it made it easy to pass slower runners. Although there were no character stops 😉 (runDisney girl), it was nice to see all the tall trees lining the way. Around mile 4-5 we turned onto a dirt road for a quick up and back. Normally I am not a fan of running on dirt roads but this one the dirt was packed so tightly it wasn’t bad at all. There were plenty of water stops along the course as well as volunteers cheering us on! I love it when the community gets involved to support one another. I looped back around toward the finish line and cheering crowd. You couldn’t see the finish banner until the last turn but it was a nice surprise when you did. I crossed the finish line and received my medal, nothing fancy but it was nice because I was not expecting it.
The post race selection was very picked over by the time I got there. (I’m a slower runner.) Only a few bananas and such left. If my husband was there I might have minded but I knew I just wanted water and to get home for breakfast. I took a few post race pictures and headed back to my car. The drive home over the bridges was beautiful and I was feeling pretty good about the race. I made it home safely and finally got to eat! Overall I thought it was a great course and experience and I am excited to participate again next year!
Cheers to many more miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie