Better late than never...
And don't they say you save the best for last?
As a Best Damn Race ambassador, it dawned on me that I still had not written a recap for BDR Safety Harbor -- and being apart of the BDR Bachelorette weekend!
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Patrick and Tori are one of the cutest couples I know. He proposed at the finish line of Ironman 70.3 Augusta, their engagement pictures involved a tri bike, and they broke through finish line tape to enter their reception
(guys, propose to me at a finish line and I'm all yours, lol).
As you can tell, fitness & running are a big part of Patrick & Tori's life, so it only made sense that Tori included a race for her bachelorette weekend.
One of the things I love about BDR races are the distances.
They offer a 5k, 10k, the 5K/10K Challenge, and a half marathon -- participants of any fitness level can join! This attribute worked perfectly for that weekend; since not all of the ladies joining for the weekend are crazy runners like Tori, we had options with BDR.
The weekend started with a quaint dinner in Safety Harbor,
fueling up for our race morning.
For this particular race, I had decided to run the 5k and try for a PR. At the time, Tori was marathon training (the new husband and wife were running the Paris Marathon on their honeymoon), so her and a few other ladies started early with the half-marathon.
Getting to the race & parking was a breeze. So many of my friends run this race it was like one big [no alcohol] cocktail hour upon arriving.
|Ran into Denise & Jessica - both doing the 5K/10K Challenge|
The buzz created by BDR that morning was exhilarating -- regardless of the time that morning, you were able to see runners made their final turn to the finish line. I chatted it up with these two ladies, checked my bag, and headed to the start line.
I had been itching for a PR lately, so I gave it my best shot.
Since you're on pins & needles, I'll save you -- I did not PR, but was close and had a good race. Finished in 28:05 with a 9:02 pace, and 9th in my age group; this is pretty stellar if you ask me! I typically cannot say that my place in age group is a single digit!
|the finish shoot & my hair whipping in the wind with my speed...|
-photo cred to @insanemarathon-
Loved the course, as I knew I would; most of it was along the water and through the quaint neighborhoods of Safety Harbor. The water stops were positioned perfectly along the course and there were quite a few spectators & cheerers along the course too!
And a 5K with a medal?! C'mon, what's not to love about BDR??
|Ran into this pretty lady...|
Who knew we'd be so alike and such good friends a few short months later??
|And needless to say the Best Damn Bachelorette crew was pretty popular -- we even had some paparazzi!|
The BDR races worked out so well for all of the Bachelorette crew -- everyone had a fun race! We took full advantage of the after-party before lounging at the pool for the afternoon.
Of course, even though we were all up early to run -- we clean up well!
[I seem to be the only one that dislikes shirts]
The crew of ladies hit up Ybor for sushi & a few adult beverages.
|My St Pete ladies, Rose & Meghan|
- Packet-pickup is super easy and convenient with multiple locations -
- Awesome bling for every race distance -
- When registration opens, you can get in for as little as a $1! -
- All over Florida, in chronological order:
Cape Coral, Jacksonville, Safety Harbor & Orlando -
- It's a race by runners, for runners -
[confused on that last one? Do one and you'll see what I mean ;) ]
- Kick a$$ after party with music, food, drinks and vendors -
- Easy registration process -
- You can find the rest here: www.bestdamnrace.com -
And I did save the best for last -- me & the beautiful bride.
Have you done a race with a wedding party?