February 2nd was the 16th annual Double Bridge Run in Pensacola - also the first time the 15k was sold out!! We had the Crazy Train Run group from Baton Rouge there and met up with my fellow flamingoz runner, Shannon.
We got to the Expo at the Hilton Pensacola Gulf Front... it was very quick and organized. Stopped at the Pensacola Runners Association table and met some real nice guys.. who found out we were from Baton Rouge and said they need to come here to run a race. They will be hearing from me soon :)
After the expo we walked to the Portofino boardwalk for our free pasta dinner at Hemingway's - very nice touch :) There we had met up with the rest of the crew from Baton Rouge, Florida and Alabama:
Saturday morning we woke up to freezing temperatures and headed to the finish line. From there they had lines of school buses to take us to the start of the 15k. This was well organized and went smoothly - except for the wind chill of what seemed to be -10 while waiting!!!
The run started on time and was wonderful... We went through downtown Pensacola then crossed over the first bridge and met up with the 5k start and then over the dreaded second bridge and then we were close to the finish after that.
The weather was gorgeous and so was the view. I found myself running and just staring out at the water with the sun reflecting on it. On top of both bridges there was a DJ playing music which was nice and a mood booster after running up that incline.
After the run, the group gathered and went for the free beer (YAY) and also Hemingway's provided free food for after.
Overall it was a fantastic run! It is a definitely one to do again and a must do for those who haven't. Next year it is on February 1, 2014 so go ahead and mark your calendars!! Double Bridge Run
|The Crazy Train Run Group|
|The Awesome Finisher Medal|
|Me claiming the dreaded second bridge!!|
The next run coming up is the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon. I will be doing the half and Shannon will be doing her first full (you go girl)!! Unfortunately, I had to miss the Mardi Gras Mambo 10k that was yesterday so no blog there :(