Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Marathon Show Marathon

I am exhausted.  I am so tired that I cannot come up with a race report to save my life.  Hey, cut me some slack, I was up before the crack of dawn to get to the start line at 3am.  Yes, 3am start time.  I ran the marathon in the dark and after I crossed the finish line, I drove 425 miles back home to run another race the next day.  To top it off, I was stuck in LA traffic for hours!

Because I am so exhausted, I am going to steal the description of this race from The Marathon Show website.  I know the host, so I don't think he'll mind.  I hope he doesn't mind!  I will give him full credit!  Ladies and Gentle Peeps of the Endorphin Empire, I give you the host of The Marathon Show, Mr. Joe Taricani!  Voila:

Back row from left to right: Jessica Wabbitz, Elizabeth McKay, Chewbacca, Endorphin Dude, Yolanda "Walking Diva" Holder, Jim Simpson, Marina "Vasolina" White, Ryan Launder.  Front Row from left to right: Dianasaur Kitching, Andrea Kooiman, Luigi Giovanni, Joe Taricani.

The Marathon Show Marathon was held July 23, 2011 in Newport Beach, CA. The race was billed as “Small, Free, Fun and Different.” The race was hosted by The Marathon Show host, Joe Taricani in his neighborhood. The race was 100% free and people registered on a first-come, first-served basis. It was certainly small – only 11 people started the race. What made it different was the manner in which the race was started. Everyone ran with a goal of finishing at 10:00 am which meant people started running between 2:50 am and 6:00 am. The race was run on a 3.03 mile loop course so everyone got to visit on the course a couple times. “We finished in a city park, sat in the shade and celebrated together as everyone came across the finish line,” said Joe. With thanks to Allied Running Medal Hangers in Redmond, WA, each participant was given a special chrome medal in the shape of The Marathon Show logo.

There's Endorphin with the race director, Mr. Marathon Show himself, Joe Taricani.  Chewbacca ran this race bandit and cranked out a 10k!

I had a great time running this race.  I got to hang out with a bunch of my Marathon Maniac friends and I got to meet some new runners.  I liked the intimacy of this small race and I loved that we all finished at the same time.  Well, almost.  People did wait around for Endorphin Dude and The Epinephrine Pup to finish.  I also liked that we got super cool medals.  I really wasn't expecting anything, so to have such a shiny piece of bling around my neck is awesome.  Thanks Joe for putting on this race.  I hope you do it again soon!

Titanium score board: 21 down, 31 to go!

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