Much planning and thought went into it but it was still a burden to endure for all involved, particularly the runner. Amazing Guy ran (in 902% humidity) the Labor Day 1/2 marathon at Virginia Beach after our two week vacation. This was the first "away" race that required the kids to wake up at 5:30am to help drive AG to the starting line.
I'll let that fact sink in.
He was dropped off at 6:15 am for the 7:00 am start and I managed to be one of the last cars to fit into a municipal lot near the race course. The kids were beyond miserable when they were leaving the van. Oscar the Grouch is the vision of cheer compared to how grumpy they were. And then we were saved.
The hallmark of this race is bands playing throughout the course. The kids perked up right away and happily sat for over 30 minutes listening to a local cover band as they waited for their dad to come by.
We became huge fans of the Running Elvis. In addition to the running ballerina with rabbit ears and tail.
And the surfer dude with shredded board shorts.
Of course, they really perked up after AG ran by the first time because it meant they got to go to a breakfast buffet. Then we cheered for him again a little after mile 11. Then we found him at the end on the beach.
In all, lots of fun but still tiring. And I wasn't even running.