I’d never thought I’d run this race again. After dealing with horrible logistics in 2010 and again in 2011 I swore I was done with San Diego Rock N’ Roll. I hated running on the 163 and the finish at Sea World was miserable. I do not exaggerate. It’s not fun trying to get out of that place when 30,000 other people are trying to do the same thing.
And then they changed the course.
And I was tempted.
I knew I was running Ojai so I hesitated.
And then I was offered an opportunity to run it. Done. Challenge accepted.
The race is this Sunday, June 2nd. Registration is still available at the Expo today and tomorrow. I believe the half is now $165, Full $175 and Relay $195. I heard Jamba Juice is handing out smoothies at the finish so if that doesn’t get ya maybe the course will.
The half course looks to be fast (no freeway running, YES!):
The full offers the challenge of getting over the hill at mile 21 and then it’s all downhill :
Both courses finish downtown next to Petco Park. If you haven’t had the chance to hang out downtown SD it’s pretty darn nice.
Bonus? Padres are in town all weekend so you can hit up a game while you’re here. Tickets are cheap. CHEAP.
My only concern is getting to the start. Options are limited and with the early start time of 6 am, getting to SD at the BCOD is pretty much the only option. There is parking available downtown but the walk to the start is all uphill. Not ideal right before a race. What to do, what to do. Fingers crossed that public transportation is going to be ready.
I am really hoping that the changes to the race are going to be for the better. If you are in town this weekend come join me before sunrise for a little 13.1 mile jog through my old neighborhood.
You didn’t think I was going to run back to back fulls did you? Come on, I’m still celebrating my 3:3o!!