UPDATE : STARTING 2018 THIS IS NOW CALLED THE ‘RIPON’S RUN HALF MARATHON’.
The entire pacing crew from 2017 was invited back, myself included, but I will not be able to make it for 2018. I wish!
Before I even toed the line at my first pacing event, I signed up for my second….
With the Silver State 50 Miler on May 20, I knew I wanted some shorter miles and found a half marathon close by, in need of pacers. I signed up for the 1:40 group and that was that.
I suppose this will be less of a race report, and more of a reflection on my second time pacing and a review of the event itself.
Second Time Pacing
This time was much easier. The faster pace of ~7:37 was more enjoyable than the 9:09 of the 4:00:00 marathon. I think it really drives the notion that some people have mentioned to me about finding the ‘right pace’ – not too fast, and not too slow. You want to go easy enough to cheer people on, enjoy the event and not want to risk your pace group, but going significantly slower than your usual running pace is hard on the mind and body.
I got to take a runner in the whole way this time, and that was AWESOME. As we crossed mile 12, I told him I had to stay constant, but if he wanted to kick it up and go, he should. His reply was to stay with me, and finishing together was something I truly enjoyed.
I haven’t picked out my next event, but something tells me I will find one soon.
2017 Rina’s Run Event
Short on pictures because keeping pace and was more important…
The course was a string of country roads that sliced through quiet suburbia before heading into the orchards of the Central Valley. The farmlands south of Stockton, the heart of California’s agriculture. Cherries dotted the trees, the sky was blue and the air crisp. There was live music, sound systems set up at aid stations, and cheering spectators along the course. Plentify aid stations with water and Gu available as well. The race turned around in the Caswell State Park, and although it took place on “open roads”, there was barely any traffic, and the amount of signs, spectators, markers, cones, and police motorcycles cruising the course kept things safe.
The mile marker signs were just about perfectly on with my Suunto till the turn around, at mile 6.57 – then from mile 7-12 everything was almost exactly .08 miles short, every time. I wasn’t sure if it was the course or my watch, but another pacer stated that it the course was about a tenth of a mile off. My finish, however was 13.9 So I feel like maybe mile 12-finish was longer than just a 1.1 miles? Regardless – it was still pretty spot on. If you were out there and have distance stats – please contact me!
Entrants received a neat little swag bag and a very nice tech t-shirt. The finisher’s medal is very nice weight and quality, and division (medal) awards are presented as well. There are cash prizes for top male/female and masters male/female and bonus money given to times under a given threshold (I think it was 1:11 for men and 1:18 for women for the HM? The 1M ran a 1:09 and got $500 and the 1F ran a 1:38 and got $200). Aside from time bonuses, the cash prizes are gender neutral. Free photos, too!
Games and refreshments at the start/finish and ample parking.
I loved this race.
I may not be back to pace it next year, but I will certainly be there to run it.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers for putting on such an amazing race!
Here is another race report from a friend and fellow pacer, go check it out!
-The Winged Ling