|Jenna and me- don't ya just love the bibs?|
There was similar poor forecast for the event again this year and I waited until the morning of to decide if I would participate. Thankfully, it wasn't raining Sunday morning and I was able to meet up with Jenna for a pre-race breakfast.
|breakfast of champions...since we were only walking...no problem!|
On our way to the Duomo there was a heavy, and thankfully, quick, rain shower that required us to hide under a doorway for a minute and then we were able to keep moving.
|Look at these little cuties! Everyone participating from school met up before the different races.|
These little munchkins belong to a couple of the ladies I work with.
|The start of the race was really anticlimactic, since there was no official 5K start. |
They just sent everyone off when you walked that way.
After that, the rain held off and even cleared up a little.
|An idea NOT to try- rollerblading the Stra when you can't rollerblade.|
This lady was a DISASTER. And that's putting it nicely.
The end of the race is at the arena in Parco Sempione which is a bit of a bad situation as the entrances and exits are narrow and required everyone to funnel in and merge together. It took forever to get out of the arena, but I wanted to get my medal for finishing!
|walking into the arena|
|the bag, shirt, and tiny medal!|
I was off to head home at this point, but the half marathon had just started so crossing the road was impossible. I did get the chance to see our friend Ali as she passed by and then crossed over to the 5K mark of the half. I figured it would be a bit before anyone arrived, but was clearly wrong when the lead men, from Kenya and Ethiopia, whizzed by in under 15 minutes (at the 5K mark!!). Unbelievable!
|Holy cow, they're fast!|