USA Beach Running Championships at Cocoa Beach Pier.
October, 27th 2013
As always the USA Beach Running Championships combine great conditions with a super venue and awesome participants. This year’s race featured the 2 distances showcased. A 10K option or the competitive 13.1 Half Marathon option. There are overall winners and age group awards offered, and a unique division featuring barefoot runners.
INI Productions was brought on as commentator and announcer, although we play some music as well.
We arrived with fresh Dunkin Donuts and coffee available ( much needed.) The beach was still dark at 6am and we all worked with headlamps and lanterns. By 7am the early part of dawn was separating the horizon from the sky giving us a vanishing point over the Atlantic. Late registration and packet pick-up along with course management continued til 7am. Finally we had our local racer, Jonathan Howse sing his rendition of the National Anthem. And after a briefing with our race director the countdown started and we sent the first wave of 13.1 runners off at 7:15. At 7:30 we continued with the 10K racers. As you can tell from the video below of some of the pre-race festivities, the conditions: tide, temperature and forecast were ideal.
Here is my princess post race.
Smooth Running hosts both the USA Beach Running Championships and World Beach Running Championships(click here for more). Coming in February is there signature race, Melbourne and Beaches Music Marathon.