December 23, 2014

Surf-n-Santa 5 Mile Race Recap

If you know anything about Mom and I, you know that we both love Christmas. So it probably goes without saying that I would be onboard for a Christmas themed race. When J&A announced that they were revamping the Surf-n-Santa race from a morning 10 mile race to an evening 5 mile race that included running under the famous Boardwalk lights display, I was excited! And I was even more excited when Adam agreed to run with me.

Saturday rolled around and we elected to pick up our packets just before the race start. We made our way to the VA Beach Convention Center around 3:30 and easily found parking. The race expo was a bit crowded and I started to get a little nervous when I saw the lines for the ladies bathroom - they were very, very long. We hurried to get our bibs and then pick up our shirts. Adam headed to bag check while I braved the bathroom lines. Luckily they went rather quickly.

We mulled around inside, not wanting to spend much extra time in the cold. Around 4:15, we headed out to our corral, Corral 1. Knowing that we weren't planning to run a fast race like we thought when we signed up, we started at the back of the corral.

Miles 0-2: Typical VA Beach Oceanfront running down 19th and Atlantic Avenue. Lots of beachy shops and a few spectators. Since it was a chilly evening, I wasn't expecting many cheering fans. There was a fantastic group of carolers dressed up in neat outfits.

Mile 3: The fun began around mile 2.5 when we turned onto the Boardwalk and ran under the lights. Unfortunately it wasn't all that dark but it was still really fun to see the lights - sea creatures, a gorgeous poinsettia wreath, 12 Days of Christmas, and others. My favorite was Santa and his reindeer on the 17th street pier.

Miles 3-5: We ran back up Atlantic and up 16th or 17th back toward the Convention Center. We saw the group of carolers again, but otherwise no major entertainment. With about 0.75 to go, we took one last walk break. As we neared the Convention Center, I could sense Adam speeding up a bit. I returned and we continued to speed up. It was fun passing lots of people and as we made the turn back into the Convention Center (indoor finish line for the win) under red and green flags. As we neared the finish line, Adam grabbed my hand and we crossed together which was fun.

As we moved through the chute, we received our medals and then water, bananas, and power bars. Because the finishers shoot was a windy area, we were able to snag some shots with our medals and the finish line and we weren't the only ones working on our selfie skills doing this!

Like all J&A events, the after party was jamming - Sam Adams beer, chicken corn chowder in a bread bowl, and a great live band. They also had a costume contest and were raffling off the Samuel Adams cut-outs.
Cheers to the last race of the year

With surfer santa
The "nice" costume contest...tacky Christmas lights, Elf and Jody, Christmas tree
This was a fabulous race and the swag and after-party were on point. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone who is interested in a holiday race next year.
{Christine}

19 comments:

  1. Looks like so much fun! I wish there were more holiday races around here! I love that you and Adam ran together :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. It was really fun to finish a race together...hopefully the first of many ;)

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  2. What a fun race! I hope to do this one yr. I bet this was so much better than the 10 miler from the past. Oh I love those soups they always give in bread bowls. Perfect for that chilly night. Congratulations! -L

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    1. I have to admit that I was really glad this was only 5 miles and not 10! Yes, the soups are the best! Perfect post- race food. :)

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  3. This looks like tons of fun! The after party sounds awesome. I have to say, I've never finished a race inside of a building. That's unique.

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    1. The inside finish was very cool and something that seems to be a bit of a J&A trademark for their winter races. The old VA is for Lovers 14k also had an indoor finish line.

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  4. That looks like such a fun race!!!!

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    1. It really was, and I loved that it was only 5 miles, so not overly taxing! ;)

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  5. Looks like a really fun race.

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    1. You should consider adding a J&A race to your bucket list, Abby. They're definitely worth a trip. :)

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  6. Passing people at the end of the race and crossing the finish line holding hands sounds like fun! Congrats on your finish!

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    1. It's one of my favorites - total guilty pleasure. :)

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  7. Every review I've read about this race and all the J&A races have been so positive. It looks like you had a lot of fun and I love that they did a costume contest and soup at the end!! Great way to end the 2014 racing year :).

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    1. They are THE BEST! I really love the J&A series...they do a wonderful job putting together well-organized races with great themeing and swag. You should come to town for one - would love to meet up! :)

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  8. It was such a fun night. Glad you and Adam had a fun date night!

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  9. What a fun race!! I love the Christmas theme and the carolers - sounds like a great event! How cool that you and Adam crossed the finish line together! Love it!

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    1. I agree - the Christmas theme was really fun!

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  10. Looks like a really fun race!

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