The goal of this particular race series is to treat every runner/woman like the “diva she is,” which I conclude means providing her with pink and/or sparkly things. Somewhere around mile 12.8, runners had the chance to grab a pink feather boa and tiara before crossing the finish line. Whether or not I would stop was in question: I am not a pink, sparkly girl, nor do I like to sacrifice half marathon times unnecessarily. When I realized the station operated just like a water stop, where volunteers held the feather boas and tiaras for runners to grab without breaking stride, I got into the Diva spirit and looped a feather boa backwards around my neck and plodded onward to the finish line. Tons of fans lined the streets for the remaining .3 miles, so cheering was plentiful. Volunteers were there immediately with much needed bottles of water (the temperature of this spring race quickly climbed into the seventies, a blistering temperature for 13.1 miles!) EMS volunteers were on hand, and just beyond them, buff, shirtless men were looping medals around runners’ necks. Somewhat embarrassed by this gratuitous display of male flesh, I shame-facedly accepted my medal and proceeded to a table where flutes of champagne (or ginger ale, for those who, like me, aren’t champagne fans) and red roses were being distributed. At the finisher photo area, runners posed in front of the Divas logo and I took the opportunity to ham it up for the camera. When running twelve half marathons in twelve months, the finisher photos start to look the same, so hopefully the hamming will make for a unique photo. After passing boxes of bagels, fruit, and more cookies than I’ve ever seen in one place, runners exited the finisher corrals and were reunited with friends and family.
Side Note: There was a post-race pool party later in the day at one of the local hotels. Justin and I opted out of going due to the fact that I was exhausted and hurting, and that we were eager to return home.
Final Verdict: With the right kind of planning, this is a great girls’ weekend for a group of running buddies.
Tips for a Successful Divas Half Marathon:
1. Plan ahead so you can stay close to the finish line. I can’t stress enough how important it is to be located close to your own bathroom. You will NOT want to wait in the line of port-a-lets at the race start.
2. Order your normal size race shirt. Contrary to what the website says, the shirts do not run small.
For more information visit http://www.runlikeadiva.com/Events/Divas__Half_Marathon___5K_-_North_Myrtle_Beach/Event_Information.htm