So Friday rolled around, still had some nerves going, but we were finally headed to D.C. for the Expo and packet pick-up. Except for the traffic and one lone miserable driver who honked at us, it was uneventful getting to the hotel, checked-in, to the Metro, then to the Expo. Well organized from the minute we walked in, no line in getting my packet or my shirt picked up! Once that was done, Crystal and I took off shopping the Expo. Found cool race shirts, shoe bling, sweaty bands, and Crystal's favorite "Marathon" snickers bars LOL
|My St. Patrick's Day shirt & race bib :)|
Race morning went off very well. The Metro was chaotic with the mass number of people riding it that morning, but we got to the race in time, got our gear checked quickly, our group picture done, and then off to our corrals for the Start!
|The "Run Mama Run" Ladies at the Rock N Roll USA Half|
|My perspective from Corral # 18 :)|
So my take on this Race Series = AWESOME, well organized, supported, awesome spectators and volunteers, and the after party was fantastic. The Headliner band was Switchfoot. I had only heard one of their songs prior to the announcement that they were playing the RNR. But they were a really great show, lots of energy, and a perfect Spring day for a race/party! Too bad the guy in front of me (in green in the picture) was a very BIG Switchfoot fan because he kept jumping in front of me (literally), and then fist pumped right in time to block my face for the picture LOL Oh well, I was there :)
|Switchfoot Lead Singer - GREAT Headliner Band|
|Taken from the stage - Crystal tagged us. I'm behind the fist pump guy in green||!|
After awhile at the show, and both mine and Crystal's phones at critical power levels, we took off to get our gear (which gear check was also super organized), grabbed my extra charger, then headed over to the Beer Garden. That's seriously my type of garden. No green thumb needed, just a Michelob Ultra!!
|Me & Crystal enjoying our free beers!|
|Jen, Jenni, Crystal & Amy|