It started raining Saturday night and we were all planning for a wet race. The rain quit about 4am; unfortunately, the wind started gusting to about 20 mph. When the starting gun went off at 7:20AM (we were supposed to start at 7!), the rain and wind has ceased. The 2500 runners were instead treated to a beautiful clear day. Some of the things I was lucky to encounter: a group of seals 200 yards offshore from the lighthouse; the scent of damp eucalyptus past Natural Bridges; the colorful zigzag of running jerseys on the cliffs of Wilder Ranch; the incredible views of Santa Cruz and Monterey while returning south on West Cliff Drive.
All in all, a great day with a great finish at Cowell's Beach. Can't wait for next year.
Overall, here's how the run rates in my book:
Organization - Twenty minute delay at the start, however, the course was clearly marked and staffed. Grade: B+ (would have been an 'A' without the delay)
Course - Doesn't get better than this. Grade: A+
Aid-stations - Well staffed, but no Gatorade, just water this year. Grade: B
Swag - Short-sleeve, cotton shirt that probably won't survive more than a few trips through the wash. Grade: B-
Looking North on West Cliff Drive