Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rain, Snow and Zion

I had the pleasure of pacing the Zion half marathon this year. It was absolutely amazing. I had my doubts in the beginning though. 
The night before the race I was having stomach issues on top of woman issues. Sorry guys got to keep it real. I went to bed feeling very nervous about the next morning.
When I woke up the next morning I was feeling fine in the stomach department but I could hear rain. I showered got ready hop in the car proceeded to drive an hour and a half to the race.
As I started my drive it started to snow. I was like great , this is all I need I hate the snow. The great thing about Vacation  Races is they send you text messages if there's issues. I started getting text messages right away on my drive telling me about all the rain and the mud in the parking area. 

They rerouted all of the parking to a church down the hill and shuttled everyone up to the start line. Worked out perfect and I got there on time. I met my pacing group and waited for our Time to start. There was a bit of rain. See Corey (my pacing partner) making good use of our wave sign.

They had us start in staggered times to allow for less congestion. Here are Corey and I at the start line. 

Seriously when you are pacing the 3 hour group it is always a party. 

They delay the start time a bit to allow for late people due to the rain.  Then we were off.  Here is the race director Lyle giving us his best Braveheart speech.

Zion National Park is one of the most beautiful races. I didn't stop for many pictures. I was too busy chatting. 

We met up with some amazing runners. We helped one amazing girl through her first half and not her last. 

The medals for this race are so beautiful.

I will be putting this on my list every year. I love it. 

After all the day was beautiful. 

Last group shot of the Pacers- minus a few

Amazing group. The American Flyers Race. 
Fun Fact.....this is a no waste race. Cup free. Read about it here.
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