The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon once again came to Virginia Beach over Labor Day Weekend.
On Sunday, September 6, over 20,000 ran/walked/rolled from our Convention Center south along Pacific Avenue, over the Rudy Inlet Bridge to General Booth Boulevard, through Camp Pendalton and the surrounding area, and finished on the Boardwalk at 13th Street.
We welcomed back 5 rooms of runners and supporters (Dan, Pat & Meg) - all knew one another from previous visits - and had a wonderful weekend, with glorious weather. Of course, the American Music Festival also took place this weekend, and the stages at 7th, 17th, 24th, and 31st Streets along the Boardwalk featured free concerts of Blues, Rock n Roll, and Beach music every night. The Main Stage was set up on the beach at 5th Street, where "Boyz to Men" , "Heart", and "The Black Crows" were the headliners. There were fireworks on Saturday and Sunday nights, and Beach Street USA (free street entertainment along Atlantic Avenue) completed its final nights of 2009.
As usual, we served a 5:00 am wake up of bagels, bananas, other fruit and fruit juices, coffee and tea to help our crew "carb up" and load some potassium to ward off muscle cramps. Steve took pictures of the race and returned to the Cottage to print the pictures and download official times with splits/pace/etc. for each of our runners. After everyone returned, a big brunch with mimosas was served and everyone told race stories and shared the pictures.