Delightful beach festival (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Oakton, VA (3/18/01)
The race itself is excellent, always tidewater flat, starting at the town's mammoth expo center, looping street-side and (concrete) boardwalk-side of the hotels, heading 60 blocks or so out of town, foraying deep into the Army's Ft. Story, then retracing all but the hotel loop back to a dramatic finish inside the expo center. There are hundreds of townsfolk cheering along the way. This year, the start was cool but the finish was sunny and warm. The only downer was that the water stations ran out of Gatorade and energy food by midcourse, leaving only water for the last 13.1 miles. Mercifully, the sponsor, Bud Light, had ample samples at the finish! I'll be back for this festival.