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The Mardi Gras Run!

Last weekend I participated in the Mardi Gras run (a Wiz Event) and it was definitely a fun, but smaller event.  This race had 4 options: 15k, 10k, 5k run, and 5k walk – I chose the 5k run.  The 5k was $40 and I used a $5 off discount code which brought the total with tax back to about $40.  I don’t normally spend this amount on a race, but I love Mardi Gras (I’m from Southern Mississippi) aaannnd the medal is pretty dope.  Wait til you see 😉

The race was advertised as a “big celebration with jazz music and more great tunes”.  I would say it was more of a mediocre get together with a retired DJ.  You tried your best Mr. DJ, I give you a gold star. 🙂  The event was held at Hospitality Point in the Mission Bay area.  Parking was free and it was fairly easy to find a decent spot.  The venue was a bit smaller than expected, but the course was scenic and easy to follow.  Much to my surprise, however, there were only three Porta Potties along with one women’s bathroom and one men’s bathroom.  I really anticipated more bathrooms given this was expected to be such a huge celebration.

 

The course had nice support from the volunteers and water along with beads and leis were offered at the halfway mark.  The DJ kept up the energy as each finisher crossed and we were met with medals and water as well as bagels, peanut butter, and bananas.

There were a few vendors, but again I expected a bit more…and there was a photo booth along with a food truck offering authentic New Orleans cuisine. Some participants dressed up in festive costumes so I really enjoyed the vibe of this race, but was definitely expecting a bigger celebration.  I felt that there could have been a bit more energy (this is supposed to be Mardi Gras after all) and maybe even some activity stations for the kids.  I didn’t order anything from the food truck because I wasn’t really craving fried food at 9am after running 3 miles and food was not included in the registration price.

I did try a sample of the Arctic Zero frozen dessert.  I tried the salted caramel flavor and was surprised at how tasty it was since it was…are you ready…lactose free, gluten free, GMO free, fat free, and Kosher.  Basically it was made from swan saliva and unicorn blood, but it wasn’t bad.

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Also, let me just say…the organizers of this race clearly have never been to an actual Mardi Gras celebration as there was not one drop of alcohol in sight! Overall, I would say it was a well-organized race with a decent attempt at recreating a Mardi Gras party, but sadly it fell short in the celebration area.  I do feel that it could be improved and I hope to see a much bigger celebration in future years.

So what was the SWAG?

Your eyes are not deceiving you…That is a light up jester hat!

Shirts were offered for an extra $10 so I passed on that one.

A string of beads and a lei.

Free professional pictures.

Beautiful scenery cause I always count that as swag.

And a rad medal.  15k participants received the same medal, but with a fancier ribbon.

I would mostly likely do this race again because I’m a sucker for unique medals…but maybe they will at least have Daiquiris at the next one.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

~SM

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Super (Bowl) Run 5k/10k

Over the weekend I participated in the Super Run 5k/10k.  Just a side note: there is also another Super Run that is being held next month, but that is a Super (hero) run…this one was called the Super Run (a Kathy Loper event) because it was held on Super Bowl weekend.

The race started at 7:30 am for 10ker’s and 7:35am for 5ker’s, which was nice because it wasn’t hot yet.  It was held near Mission Bay so it also included some nice views!

I signed up for this race through Groupon for $25, but used the “Buy with Friends” option and received a $9 refund…so not bad for a race!  I also ran the 5k option since I’m not quite up to running 6 miles just yet.  And I ran this race with my two lovely children in the double BOB stroller, which made this race extra fun.  (<—that was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it.)  But I did run this with some of the awesome moms from my running group (Stroller Warriors) and that really did make the experience feel more like a party!

This was kind of a small race (around 700 participants) and apparently more people chose to run the 10k over the 5k.  There was minimal course support – no water stations and just a few people directing runners to the right path – but the volunteers were friendly and encouraging.  The race celebration at the end was also underwhelming with just a table off to the side with water, orange slices, and Larabar samples along with a few vendor tables.

Even though I had to push the munchkins through the race, I did receive some unexpected encouragement from other participants and one nice lady even gave me a high-five!  Woo-hoo!  It reminded of why I love to be around other runners, especially on race days. 🙂 Overall, it was pretty good experience.  I think it was a good race for the Groupon price…not sure I would have paid any more than that.  And running with some bad mother runners made it a really fun morning. 🙂

So, what was the SWAG?

~ A pretty legit medal (surprising for a small race) – And they gave medals to the kids in the strollers too, which was unexpected and made all of the littles happy!  Note: 5kr’s and 10kr’s did receive the same medal.

~A pretty legit long-sleeved tech shirt (also surprising for a small race) – It even had the Super Bowl teams printed on the back!

*Pictures were not free at this race.  The lowest resolution price per pic was $7.99.

Oh, and did I mention that it was a beautiful day? 🙂

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~SM

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