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@mel

Wailuku, HI Raving since 2020 active 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
15K Lahaina, HI Jan 19, 2020

My Raves

This was my first foot race since I was 19 (now 46) though I've done a lot of big paddling races, and the positive energy and perfect organization exceeded anything … MORE

This was my first foot race since I was 19 (now 46) though I’ve done a lot of big paddling races, and the positive energy and perfect organization exceeded anything I’ve experienced before.

At the pule for the 15k, the kapuna who offered the blessing had us sing along as best as we could in Hawaiian, then he posted up by Olowalu village road and cheered us on our run. It was really special.

Although I’d been worried that I’d get in the way of the marathon front runners and that we’d collide with the half and 10K runners, none of that happened, and cheering on the eventual winners of these races (and congratulating them at the finish line) really put a smile on my face and wind in my sails.

One of my favorite moments was watching a rooster aggressively cut off a group of girlfriends walking towards me in the 10K then shot across the road…they laughed and laughed. The photographer happened to be right there when it happened laughing too and got photos of all of our crazy huge smiles.

The medals/trophies (and numbers and shirts) were real works of art. The quality of the technical shirts was wonderful, and unlike nearly every paddle event that I’ve done, it was especially nice to get a women’s cut shirt.

Although I’m slow by all objective measures and would not generally qualify for a prize (and that’s OK), I’ll admit that knew that I my predicted pace was just outside of what 3rd place was in my age group last year motivated my pace the whole way, and it was thrilling when I crossed the line knowing that, so long as a bunch fast people didn’t sign up this year, I might have placed. (I did!) The age group trophy/plaque was beautiful too.

Here’s my hot tip for visitors…The 15K is the least popular race, but the most scenic, flattest course. 🙂 (The marathon includes it too, but also goes through town and up the hill around the Pali. The other races are out-and-back from the finish.)

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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