So anyway, we arrived at the buses at 6:40am or so only to find a VERY long line of people waiting to get on. We also saw at least a dozen if not more buses waiting to be loaded. We probably stood in line for close to 45 minutes while they loaded 1 bus at a time. That's ridiculous. I went up and asked some guy who appeared to be in charge why and he said "we have to make sure every bus is full, it's just easier for us". Well yes, I'm sure it is, but there's no reason you can't load 3 buses at a time and check the full status of 3 buses, that's not 10, it's 3. Just seemed silly to me that they were trying to get the race as large as possible, even encouraging people to call their friends to sign up the night before at packet pickup, yet they weren't being smart about getting everyone up there and not waiting in the cold for an hour. We got up there in time and there was only 2 buses that were after the 9am start time, but still, could have been SO much more efficient.
|Steeper downhill about mile 2, Mt Timpanogus behind us|
1:46 which is a 3 minute PR for him and not insanely slow for me, but yes, 20 minutes slower than I could have gone and it was hard sometimes to be running that slow, but it was easy and fun and gave me a chance to observe the fun costumes around me. Some favorites were a Forest Gump who carried a box of chocolates the whole way, a Mr Clean who carried a mop the whole way, Dwight from The Office, and a huge 6ft5in guy in a full Captain America muscle costume. Oh and my good friend Jason Crompton sported a full Super Grover costume. Check out Zazoosh or the Halloween Half website for more.
Couple more tiffs I had with the race. Finish food was sad, self serve cut up oranges and apples and bottled water, that's it. No carbs (bagels), treats, chocolate milk etc. Had to walk back 3 blocks from the finish line to get our drop bags. I heard the transportation back to where people parked was ridiculous, taking an hour to go 10 minutes, and we saw several people walking the 2 miles back to the cars. And finally the shirt. Now don't get on me because I'm being prideful or something, my husband even pointed it out. The shirt says in big bold letters "Halloween Marathon". Now I've done marathons, and I don't know about you, but they were quite noticeably different than the half marathons I've done :) My husband could've thought that was cool to have a shirt that says he did a marathon, but he didn't and he doesn't. That's like saying you're an Ironman when you haven't gone the 140.6 miles, not cool ;)
We had fun though and that's what was important. I don't know that I'll race with him again unless it's some fun race with costumes or a team event or something, but this was fun.