Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Davis Stampede Half-Marathon: a Photo Spectator Report

Okay, now that we’ve heartily congratulated Patrick and Chris for their stellar performances this weekend and berated Christina Aguilera for her craptastic one, let me tell you about a race a little closer to me:  IronHubs raced the Davis Stampede Half Marathon and turned in a spectacular top-20 finish!!

Between the two of us, we’ve participated in this race five times in the last four years and covered all three race distances – I’ve run the half marathon twice (my personal worst performance in 2008 and my current PR from 2010) and the 5K once (a PR at the time), IronHubs ran the 10K in 2008 and this year’s half-mary.  To get the complaining out of the way before I brag about my awesome husband, I’m pretty sure this will be our last year of attending.  It’s never been a favorite race, but this year there were extra difficulties:

  • The day-before packet pick-up was only four hours, from 12 – 4 pm.  Over 3000 registered participants picking up packets in four hours??  No bueno.  There seemed to be plenty of volunteers, but it was still ridiculously unorganized.  The line was ONE HOUR long and there was no goodie bag reward.  Here’s your T-shirt, here’s your bib, buh-bye.  Why did that take an hour??  Race Directors, take note:  throw in a coupla Clif Bars, my kids were hungry!
  • There were 30 Porta-Potties at the race start.  Final tally came up with 3800 people racing and they only had 30 pots?  WTF?  A little over a half-hour in line and IronHubs barely made the start of his race.
  • The sound system didn’t reach to the Porta-Potty lines, so LOTS of people missed their race start!
  • The Race Director cut costs and it was obvious – the shirts were very plain (in years past, the shirts have been bright and colorful, with big bold designs) and the medal was straight up insulting.

Davis Stampede Medals 002This year’s medal on the left, last year’s on the right – ouch!

Davis Stampede 001A little chilly at the start with 20+ mph winds and Porto-Potty lines as far as the eye can see!

Davis Stampede 013Can you believe it?!?  I actually got a picture of IronHubs at the start of the race (blue shirt and calf sleeves with some sweet-lookin’ Brooks)!  Upon seeing this photo, he commented, “Wow, only 30 feet into it and I’m already heel-striking!”  It’s okay, those Green Silence can handle it.

Davis Stampede 021This photo sort of makes it seem like the spectators were paying attention, but believe me, they weren’t.  One of my least favorite things about this course is the poor spectator support, so I made sure to ring my cowbell and cheer for everyone out there.

Davis Stampede 023Finish Time:  1:24:21, not quite a PR, but good enough for 19th OA and 7/69 AG – woo hoo!!

I’m so proud of my super speedy husband!!


Chris K said...

1:24? Woo Hoo is right. IronHubs is more light Flash Gordon Hubs. Tough AG, considering he got 19th OA. Congrats IronHubs. You killed it. BTW, even last year's medals were weak.

Chris K said...

OMG, your Comment on my Blog was hillarious!

Alma said...

Way to go Iron Hubs! I can't wait until I'm in shape to actually RACE a half marathon. *sigh*
Pretty awful race organization though. In fact, that race is dead to me. Next year, they will miss both IronHubs, The World-Famous P, AND the Average Woman Runner.

Laurie said...

Great job to the hubs. I love those shoes... they look awesome and you really can't beat the name, Green Silence, sounds like a super hero.

Jon said...

Congrats to your husband! SUPER fast!

Uhg, I will cross this race off of my "to do" list based upon your experience. NOT worth it!

Matthew Smith said...

I hear ya on how a badly organized race will just make you never want to do it again. That's happened to me several times! Props for your husband. He's just AWESOME! I'm training for a half marathon that's on April 10. Good luck to you and Iron Hubs!


tri like mary said...

Congrats to IronHubs for an awesome time despite a less than stellar race venue!

Christi said...

Yay for IronHubs! He is a speedy gonzalez! I love the cool shoes!

Teamarcia said...

That race must have been full of speedies if 1:24 was 7th place. Sheesh. Congrats to IH!
The next half I'm doing doesn't even give medals. So why do I keep coming back??

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats to the hubby

Ugh, down sizing the medal, that isnt right, I am a medal diva, I love my medals

Emily said...

congrats to your hubs! that is SUPER speedy!

Rose said...

Top 20 is AWESOME.

Boo to poor race design, though.

Average A said...

Holy crazolly. Heel striking or not, your man is speeeeedyyy!

DRog said...

great photos
what a rockstar in those greenmachine kicks