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Sedona Marathon Events
Feb 17, 2017
The Finishers Shirt
for the Event
The Medal for all
This year we did
a lot of things for the first time ever, and all of us had a
great time in fantastic weather. I signed up for the full
marathon this year for the first time, and had no major difficulties
in this grueling back roads distance event. Dawn race walked
the 10k with our friend from Australia - Nakita, and her sister
Sheri and nieces Alyssa and Genna. The amazing scenery
and well run races makes this a perfect family experience!
We met Sheri, Alyssa
and Genna race morning at our motel in Sedona. The race
was a later time than we are used to, 9am for the full and 9:10
for the half, 9:20 for the 10k. But with clear skies, and
a stunning sunrise the crowds were in great spirits. A
record this year, 3100 runners for all events - more than ever
before. 300 did the marathon along with me. At 9am,
the horn sounded off and I was on my way in the marathon.
20 minutes later, Dawn and gang started the 10k.
The marathon is
very hilly on the paved portion, and is also the return route
for coming back to the finish line. If this wasn't challenging
enough, once we hit the dirt roads full of golf ball sized gravel,
potholes and washboard the hills really got long and steep.
At the turn around there was a lot of uphill. Id have to
rate this run one of the most difficult races, but not quite
as challenging as Whiskey Row.
When I came running
over the finish line, Dawn and Nakita were cheering me on to
the finish. Sheri and gang had finished and gone to meet
Dawn and Sheri's parents that were staying in Sedona that day
as well. After we got back to the motel and cleaned up,
they all came by to visit us in the motel room. I stayed
that night and left for Payson the next morning after breakfast.
Dawn and Nakita went to the cabin in Happy Jack to go skiing
the next day.
To conclude, we
like the half, 10k and full on this one, and are planning on
returning once again next year to certainly do this event again!
Sedona Sunrise, day of the Race
Sheri dressed to scare the competition!
Genna, Dawn, Nakita, Alyssa, Sheri
Starting line for the 10k
Nakita and the T rex!
During the 10k
Sheri starts to fall back
The "Bolt" pose!
Here I am coming in to the finish on the Marathon...
Last few feet - Feel my pain!
Finish line photo
Here are some of the commercial images taken during the races:
Me near the finish line.
Dawn, Sheri, Genna
Crossing the finish line!
Nakita is having fun!
The last few feet before finish!
PF Chang Rock and Roll Half Marathon
Jan 15 - 2017 - Tempe, Az
The Finishers Shirt
for the Event
The Medal for the
Over 10,000 runners
this year did the half marathon - Which is one of the most popular
distances for this race. While I nestled in with the masses for
this half, Dawn race walked the 10k and finished only a few minutes
after I did making it the perfect race situation at the finish
line. Once again, we were lucky - as the rain predicted that
day never materialized. We had great temps in the 50s, and no
sun to bake us at the finish miles. We both exceeded our raceing
goals for this race on this day, and had a great time.
While I have done
the full several times on this one, I prefer the half because
the route is more scenic and I dont like the long distance after
the Mill Avenue bridge to the finish line when doing the full.
Racing should be about getting fit, getting outdoors, and having
a fun time after all!
At the starting line just before race start for the Half Marathon.
Looking behind me, ready to race - thousands of runners!
Dawn race walks the 10k (commercial images)
Racing in toward the finish line on the Half!
Finish line shots!