Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
We got in Friday and were lucky to get to the expo before it closed, avoiding the usual day-before crowds. The race was capped at 12,500 for the full and half marathons and it sold out a month in advance. With registration for next year already available, word has it Raleigh is a sure bet for Rock 'n' Roll races for another few years.
|Nice new touches by the local Tourism Authority. Raleigh really went all out to welcome the race this year.|
Raleigh gave us a TON of time with our Rock 'n' Roll Gypsy friends. Beth and Jim live in the area and Beth was a gracious hostess, presenting us with some absolutely gorgeous hand made cards and a box of local goodies, most of which didn't make it to the plane ride home! I can't say enough about how much we've enjoyed spending time with Beth and Jim since meeting them in Chicago a few years ago. I mentioned to Jim that Susan was going to be on a hunt one of her favorite treats growing up. We had been in Raleigh less than 2 hours before Jim secured a large order of hush puppies for us to share.
|OK, maybe Susan really didn't want to share, but there were a lot of them!|
|(Left to Right) Front: Mega, Jack, Michelle, Middle: Susan, Sylvia, Mary, Beth, Kevin. Back: Ron, Kamika Andrew, George, Ted, Jim.|
Race day was probably the easiest we've ever had logistically. The start and finish lines were a block apart and our hotel was right in between. Susan's parents, Art and Helen, were coming in from Chapel Hill so we splurged for VIP passes so they could be comfortable while they waited for us. This was their first time at a race after all. Why not give them the first class experience?
|Ron, Meg, Susan in corral 15. Ignore the creepy naked guy behind us.|
Raleigh was about as scenic as you can get for a city race with lots of shaded park and residential mileage. Team Blue was out in force honoring fallen servicemen and women. While the total ascent/descent was less than 1000 feet, the hills had a lot of people swearing under their breath. There were several well placed bands at the tops of some hills to get us through.
|University Marching Bands totally rock.|
Also meeting us after the finish area was Beth's mother Anne and our friends from TeamUp. Beth had a great piece on WRAL the night before the race and several media events to highlight the carbon fiber technology in her brace that allows her to run with Foot Drop. TeamUp has partnered with the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association for the past few races to build awareness for CMT, the most common form of inherited disorders affecting the peripheral nerves. If you know anyone with CMT or Foot Drop, pass on the information. The technology is a life-changer.
|My order was actually pulled pork with hush puppies and a side of hush puppies. The corn was for balance and just took up unnecessary room.|
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was the race's charity beneficiary. Team V showed up in force with over 100 runners raising money for the cause.