|Small and cozy race held in the |
small town of DeBary, FL
This weekend I ran in the Swamp House Half Marathon. This race is held in DeBary, FL which is a is small cozy town about 40 minutes north of Orlando, FL.
Bonnie and I had to leave the house around 5:00 am in the morning to drive to the race. The weather was really cold (around 35F which is cold for Florida). It was so cold that the race officials set out drums and made a fire for all the runners huddled around. It was a funny site to see.
|The race "bonfires".|
|Bonnie warming up herself up next to the "bonfire".|
|The race ends at a really pretty river that runs into Lake Monroe.|
The race runs through DeBary and parts of Deland and the race is as flat as a pancake. Most of the race runs through the city but there are also some pretty country road that you run through. The only bad part is when you run in front of the water treatment plant. It kind of stinks in that area but it is over quick and you are then back on the pretty country roads.
|A very cold Mr Half TRIing.|
The race is cheap. Early registration for the half marathon is $40 and goes up to $60 the later you register. Race day registration is $75.
There were plenty of waters stops along the route. Each had water, Gatorade and some had gels. The last race stop had someone handing out cans a beers. :-) I never saw that at a race before. I am not sure if it was a race volunteer or just a local homeowner being nice.
|Bonnie and I after the race|
The end of the race had hot chicken noodle soup, muffins, bananas, beer, water, Powerbars and free massages. Not bad considering how small the race is. At the end of the race the mayor of Debary walked around and thanked me and others for attending the race. He seemed very thankful to have everyone out for the race
The results were quickly posted on a board. They also had a TV screen with the rolling results of the race. It was a really cool idea and made it easy for everyone to see their results.
Overall it was a great race and I may do it again next year. I really like small town races without all the hype.
The great news. Yesterday I got a new half marathon PR 1:51:31 with a 8:31/M overall pace. Yippie!!
|Chicken noodle soup, muffins, bananas, beer, |
water, Powerbars and free massages.
|He warming up after the race in the sun.|
|Watch out for the gators during the run!!|
|The Bling. It's a beer opener.|
(OK, it only frost but close enough for us)!!
|My green car is white from this mornings frost.|