I signed up for this on a whim, because no other October race looked good. This one encouraged costumes and came with bling. What the heck!
It was in an area north of Jacksonville called Nocatee. Not being familiar with this area, I googled it. Wow, fancy.
|I guess the race are was Davis Park|
|Aerial View of the water park|
|Davis Park past those trees|
|My boppers look really stupid|
|Lots of little kids and families - this is a tight community|
|RIP, Pom Pom! You served me well|
|"So yer gonna go this way for a bit, then run past some trees, then go by the water..."|
|Welcome back, pom pom! I missed you!|
We ran towards Nocatee's water park. Yes, this community has it's own water park. They also have a beautiful trail system, which was what the majority of the race was on.
|Entrance to the water park|
|Mile 1 on a lovely multi-use trail|
|Mile 2 up there, behind 3 kids faster than me!|
|Oh look, there's hardly anyone there!|
My official time was 53:47 (17:21 pace). I beat 11 total people, coming in 59th out of 70 total runners (it was a very small race). I was 7th out of 8 runners in F40-49 age group.
I looked around and couldn't see where to get my medal, so I continued down to the pre/post race area; maybe they're down there?
I saw a bunch of medals, over on a table. I didn't know if I was supposed to grab one or not, so I left them alone and grabbed goodies from the vendor tables.
There was a fun costume parade where anyone who was dressed up could walk around and show off their costumes, and then there was a costume contest. I only have a photo of Prospector Pete, but the entire family was dressed as Toy Story characters. They were also the "face" of the charity this race was for, so it was kind of a given that they would win. He was cute as hell though!
|Shout out to the little brat in the Cat Head - he thought he was the coolest guy there|
St. John's Town Center, since I was on that side of Jacksonville. SJTC was built by the construction company I used to work for (Scherer Construction), at least 10 years ago, but I'd never been there. It started out as an open-concept mall, where it was tighter than a shopping center, but not enclosed like a mall. Over the years, it's grown exponentially!My first stop was, as usual, Chick-fil-A. It was outrageously busy! Next, I kind of just drove around to check out what was there. A lot of high-end stores.
Unfortunately, my body said I needed to potty, so I parked in front of Nordstrom and headed in (looking like the sloppy post-5k-runner that I always do). I got looks from probably 10 different employees as I wandered around. I checked out a directory which told me two things: 1) Bathrooms were on the second floor and 2) There was no Fat Lady section. Who's surprised? The bathrooms (again, who's surprised) were really nice, with actual water closets with doors instead of stalls with janky doors.
Once I wandered around a bit, looking at clothes and giggling internally about the styles and the prices, I went out a side door to an outdoor section of the mall. I scored a large size Scar stuffed animal from the Disney Store for the kiddo. I don't think I went in to any other stores. I returned back to my car, and made my way to another section of SJTC. I checked out Dress Barn (which used to be affordable, but now carries some really shit clothes!) and Famous Footwear (no good shoes and no good sales, boo).
Bored, I decided to hit the road. I grabbed a drink from WaWa and headed home.