|This is the first of its kind. It will be a few years before another one is made.|
|Lisa, Mark, Anita, Susan and me upstairs at on w weekend where eating with restraint was a bit difficult.|
|Both Kirsten and Ben walked the half marathon in just over 3 hours. Not bad for their first race in years!|
|About 240 Rock n Roll half and full marathons in this picture alone!|
Expanding on the crazy theme, this was the first leg of another RNR Double weekend. You may recall the SA2LV adventure from 2013. Rock n Roll DC was the first of the Capital City challenge. Fifty-nine participants ran the half or full marathon in DC, caught a red eye flight to run the half marathon in Mexico City the next night.
|Tricia Lund was one of the only ones to run the full marathon in DC and the half in Mexico City.|
|Part of the DC2MX swag bag was a mask (Juan and Hyalker model theirs above)|
Race Day: We had a 5 AM wake up call to make it to the start line at 6:30. Competitor also gave Joe a dozen complementary passes to the VIP area at the Willard a block off the starting line. Here we met our fellow RNR Gypsies Beth, Jim, Sherry, Michelle and Tim. We've gotten into the habit of getting our race bibs signed by the celebrities of the week. This week it was Joe.
Joe had another interview with WTOP a half hour before the 7:30 AM start with a group of the Gypsies tagging along. The rain was lightening up as the first few corrals went off.
But first, let me take a (group) selfie.
|Gypsie pre-race: Jim, Kamika, Ted, Sandy, Beth, Michelle, Al, Ron, Sherry, Hyalker, Joe and Susan.|
I estimate this is about 600 Rock n Roll half and full medals in this group.
|The turn at the Arlington Memorial Bridge|
|The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents. It's a bit blurry because of the rain and condensation.|
|Joe got to keep this finish line banner, the sign and a few other souvenirs. (photo from Joe's wall, I'm sure this was a MarathonFoto credit)|
People filed out of the VIP finish tent slowly. Joe stayed, thanking everyone for coming, the gracious man he is. As we made our way to the shuttle, we stopped by the Merchandise tent where Grace and Cathy presented him with the 100th race sign from the expo. They brought it to the finish and somehow kept it dry.
I talked about how races have become our second home. With a goal of 15 Rock n Roll races this year, we'll be seeing some of our race friends more than our own families. Susan said something over the weekend that made me realize why we keep doing this. It's no longer about goals and numbers and chasing the 100 races for the Rock n Roll Superstar plaque that Joe was awarded. It's about seeing our friends.
It continues to have its rewards.
Rock n Roll DC (formerly known as Rock n Roll USA) was run for the fourth year in 2015. This year there were 1615 finishers in the 5K, 15245 finishers in the half marathon (median finish time 2:15) and 2503 finishers in the full marathon (median finish time 4:21). The forecast for race day was 99% chance of rain and high 40's - mid 50's up until Friday night. We ended up with light sprinkles with occasional showers. It was one of the coldest races we've done with the exception of Bar Harbor and Antarctica.
Lisa finished her half marathon cold and proud. We're talking about doing it all again in a month at Rock n Roll Raleigh. Our IronMan Florida friends Lisa Marie, Ken and their kids came in for the 5K. They finished with a quartet of medals and big smiles.
The DC2MX group all made it to Mexico City. Reports are still coming in for the Inaugural CDMX race, but even with the rain and the start/finish on a mud track at the high altitude, there were still solid performances... and lots of touristy pictures.
RNR DC was our 80th half marathon. Ron caught up to Susan by doing the Brazen Bay Breeze half marathon on Valentine's day. We also have 58 Rock n Roll half and full marathons apiece. With all the RNR veterans coming together, we started comparing totals. There are probably fewer than 20 people who have 50 or more RNR's under their belts. We should get our 5th Rock Idol medals at RNR Chicago if all goes as planned. We have no intention of slowing down any time soon.
We'd consider coming back for RNR DC every other year since we have a lot of friends in the area. We haven't registered yet, but with the TourPass, anything is possible.
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