We met up and drove together to the baseball stadium which served as the event's packet pick up as well as the race's finish line. While we were there we checked out their Health and Fitness Fair (it's not an expo like most events - the race is sponsored by a hospital so all of the booths are giving out health information). The local running store has an area where they sell gear, clothes, and accessories at a discount so we hit that up - I bought 4 tubes of body glide . . . a big girl who runs half marathons can never have enough of that . . . especially when it's on sale!
We then went to the packet pick up area of the event and everyone had their confirmation post cards which made it very easy. We all got our packets and met up at the end of the tent and made sure everything was straight - good thing we did - one girl had a bib but no corral assignment on it. After that got straightened out, we got a group photo.
Before our food came, I had "C" write the same 4 quotes on my arm that got me through the Chicago RnR Half. They served me well and knowing I was going to do this race alone, I wanted them on my arm once again! Quote #1 from I'm A Sleeper Baker: You are capable of more than you Realize! Quote #2: Run hard, be strong, think BIG! Quote #3: All it takes is all you've got! Quote #4: It only hurts up to a point (and we ran of room to finish it . . and then it doesn't hurt any more".
We even posed for another group photo - doesn't everyone is looking super excited and race ready? I'm sooo proud of these ladies. Many of them would have NEVER thought about doing a race just 6 months ago and now look - they were less than 12 hours away from doing a race with 9,300 other participants!
Wow - soooooo honored to have been invited to be on the journey with them!!!!