In spite of our quiet room and comfortable bed, neither of us got many hours of restorative sleep, though fortunately, that hadn’t stopped us before from PR'ing. We hoped the same would hold true on this race morning. Bleary eyed and practically delusional, we were awoken by the alarm at 5:20, and were dressed and out the door by 6 am. Justin was conscious enough to drive, and we made it to the Friendly Center well before the 6:30 am packet pick-up deadline. After providing the volunteers with ID’s, they handed us our race t-shirts and bibs, and we breezed through the line with plenty of time to visit the port-a-lets and return to the car for further race preparation. My favorite pre-race anthem (Party in the USA) was blaring over the loudspeaker by the time we returned to the race start. It was a perfect 55 degrees outside, so we hung our throw-away shirts in a tree and joined other runners at the start, positioning ourselves before or after the appropriate pacers. The race began on time, and we were off, running the rolling hills of Greensboro.
Medal Count: 1 age group award for Justin, 1 finisher medal for each of us
Final Verdict: This race was a delightful surprise. For a smaller race, it was extremely generous to runners as the post-race festivities had tons of food and freebies to give away. (646 people finished the half marathon, and a 5K and 10K were also run.) Like Raleigh, Greensboro residents were friendly and welcoming, and the race volunteers were a true testament to this. We are already wondering if any more Race 13.1 events will fit into our racing schedule.
Tips for a successful Race 13.1 Greensboro:
1. Do some hill training. The course is almost entirely composed of rolling hills. Be ready for them!
2. Don't worry about staying at a hotel close to the finish line for this race. There are many outlets in and out of the Friendly Center and parking is plentiful.
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