Carb DM 5K Review

Expo:
This was a small race of about 130 people, so there was no expo. It was clear that the intention of the race was to come out and enjoy time with loved ones, support the cause and exercise.

Swag:
The swag was a t-shirt and a bib. No medals were handed out. There was no goodie bag or samples. Typically, fun runs are like this, so it wasn’t a surprise.

Course:
The course was a 5K in Coyote Point Recreation Center in San Mateo. It was mainly a flat rate, but it has a hill that put you right above the ocean. The views were ever changing as you passed one mile to the next. It passed by a marina where you could see sailboats to your right, so it wasn’t your average park run.

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Aid Stations:
This race promotes diabetes awareness, so it wasn’t surprising to find two aid stations named “low stations” with both insulin and juice bags. There was one water station on the course about half-way through. However, there were plenty of snacks before and after the race.

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Atmosphere:
Many people were there as a family or with other runners. It was a friendly environment where people were out to have fun and get exercise.

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Post-race:
Once I passed the finish line, a person ripped off the bottom half of our bib, since it was our first time doing this race, we didn’t know what was that for. There were no chips on the bib. The time was manually kept for the top runners and posted on a board by the finish line. I didn’t stay for long after finishing the race. Based on the photos of the event, it seems like there were prizes raffled out. I thought prizes at the end meant that they were going to hand out medals to the top finishers. Had I known that it was raffle prizes, I might have stayed longer.

There were many tables set-up, but as in many races, the volunteers didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing. A recommendation for next year would be to have someone oversee the volunteers to ensure a smoother process.

There was plenty of parking spaces. You did have to pay $6 to park, but it was announced via email ahead of time and the organizers encouraged people to carpool to save on the parking fee.

I would be happy to do it again next year.

Bay Area Running Streakers

During my New Year’s Eve race in Fremont, I noticed that one of the racers had the word “streaker” printed on her bib. I asked her about it and then spent the next 20 minutes talking about it.

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Brazen Racing has something that I think is unique. Runners that completes all the Brazen Racing races for the calendar year is named a streaker. This person gets a special number, a special t-shirt with the number, a framed case for all the medals won in the year and a special ceremony. The number the streaker is assigned is not given out again to another runner. Even if the runner only “streaks” for one year, they get to keep their number forever.

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What’s the challenge?

  • Well, Brazen Racing has 27 races scheduled for 2018. That’s a little over 2 races a month. In order to streak, you have to participate in all 27 races. This would be a show stopper for me. I travel a lot and I also participate in other races like Hot Chocolate, Rock N Roll, and runDisney, to name a few. Running just Brazen races would severely limit my racing calendar to just local races, which is fine for some people, but not for me.
  • You can choose what distance you want to do. If you’re not ready for half or full marathons, that’s fine, just do the distance that meets your strengths and goals.
  • All races are trail races and the elevation gain is significant in some of the races. If you’re not willing to do hilly runs, you’ll have a hard time getting to streak.

So, what do you think? Are you a streaker in the making?

Prepping for the Sedona Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Sedona Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As of today, there are 36 days, 15 hours, 7 minutes and 10 seconds left for the Sedona Marathon. How do I know this? Simple. I downloaded the Race Joy app. It has a built-in Race Countdown.

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It looks like the Race Joy app allows you to track the progress of other participants and send them both generic and custom cheers. I look forward to testing these features out on race day and cheer on my fellow BibRave Pros.

In preparation for the Sedona Marathon, I jumped onto Athlinks and added my name to the start list. It’s a really cool feature that allows you to check out other runners who will be running the same race and you can totally scout out your competition!

I booked the airline tickets, hotel, and car. Jim and I are flying to Phoenix, renting a car and driving to Sedona.

I chose a pet-friendly hotel in Sedona since I’ll be taking my new doggie with me. tempNo, she won’t be running, but she’ll give me emotional support before and after the race. Besides, she’s a chihuahua, they don’t run anyway.

I also started to look at what my sightseeing options are in Sedona. I found a website called Visit Sedona, which seems to have a lot of good information. I’ve heard that the area of Sedona is known for having Vortex’s similar to those in other parts of the world like in Macchu Picchu and Stonehenge. I’ve been to both of those places already so it will be interesting to see if I feel anything different there. Of course, Sedona looks like a natural beauty, so I’m excited to get out there and take lots of photos.

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I always invite my followers to run with me. If you run in a race that I’m in, feel free to approach me and say hi. I love meeting my followers in person.

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If you haven’t registered for the Sedona Marathon yet, hurry! Prices increase on January 2, 2018. Use code 18BibRave” for 20% off.