Mile 3-4: Dodging people left and right. I understand this incline was pretty intense, but if you are going to walk, move to the right. Thats all you have to do. At mile 3.6, someone bumped into me and paused my Garmin….without my knowing. I was hot, I was thirsty, and I was cursing this bridge. It was tough to run, but it was harder to walk. As we neared the top, the incline got a little steeper. I COULDNT FIND IT IN ME TO KEEP GOING! I looked around and saw just how amazing it was to be at the top. It was a beautiful sight. I wish I could have taken a picture. That made me find what I had in me to run to the top of that bridge.
Mile 4-5: Down hill. Time to make up for lost time. At least that is what I thought. I started pacing myself with someone and we ended up splitting up because people would stop in their tracks to walk. As I neared the bottom of the my legs protested. They didnt wanna. I was dehydrated and tired. I looked down to check out where I was (because I didnt know I was in between 4 and 5) and it read 3.63. WHAT 3.63!?!?!? That is when I realized someone hit my pause button. At this point I knew my time wasnt going to be where I wanted.
I reminded myself I was here to enjoy the run. I slowed down to conserve my leg energy and took in the lovely downtown Charleston. It was flat and I was recovering. BUT there was still a majority WALKING and not moving over.
Mile 5-finish: I was forced to start and stop a lot. I was over this race and over the people. Then I saw it ahead the finish line photo. YES!! my group of random runners ran through, gave each other mental high fives, and a lot of people started walking to cool down. People watching started shouting that wasnt the finish, we were almost there. WHAT??!?! OMG we still had 0.5 miles to go. Why did it say FINISH LINE?
I finished. Im not proud of my time (1:20:56). It was completely frustrating. But here is the kicker. Sit down for this
THEY RAN OUT OF WATER at the finish. After crossing the line, we walked down the fenced pathway toward the exit. In races I have run, this is where they are passing out water, bagels, fruit, etc. Not here. I met with my friend and we exited the course to the park where we saw signs for water. After fighting the crowds, we made it in and found there was nothing left. HOW? Why? People can and have died without water. Well let me tell you why the vendors were rushing to get food/water out.
Are you still sitting down?
They were allowing people (runners, nonrunners, kids, dogs, goats) to take BOXES and fill the boxes with whatever they could get their hands on. One woman I saw had TWO FULL boxes. I was ticked off to put it mildly. We took whatever we could find, ice cream. ICK. No way after a run like that. I was queasy as it was.
While we were walking back to the car, I noticed one man had two full bags of yogurt and water. Couldnt leave that for the runners could you buddy?
I just took the race survey and expressed my disgust. This is the 35th annual, why isnt this nailed down? It was a very fun race and the course was great, but the actual organization was deplorable.
I thought my friend and I were the only ones that had this experience, but it seems like a lot of runners we spoke to had this issue.
I will wrap this up by saying we ate the most amazing Charleston food to make up for a terrible run and spent Sunday at the beach before leaving.
Have you ever had a terrible race experience cause by the organizer?