But I've done a night race in this area before (Palo Alto Moonlight Run) and remembered it as being fun. And since Zombie Runner was involved, there would be medals (and as it turned out, Zombie Runner hats!).
So I signed up.
|There were quite a few costumes - many that looked highly inappropriate for a trail race. Some that were burned into my poor brain forever.|
|Yes, that's someone in a Dodgers uniform wisely hanging close to a nun. On the same day as the Giants World Series parade. Ha ha ha ha.|
I loved that these two stood in the dusk with this sign at about the 2.3 mile point.
This was the first aid station. It's really starting to get dark now.
The course was marked with light sticks on each of the trail ribbons, which made following the course no problem. The course was also an out-and-back which meant it should look at least a bit familiar on your return.
The trail was fairly smooth, so finding good footing in the dark was not that hard. Many runners didn't have headlamps or flashlights, and seemed to be doing fine. There was a nearly full moon, and even with the clouds, it provided enough light to be helpful. (I used a headlamp since I figured otherwise I would stumble into the one pothole on the entire course.)
|The Half Marathon turnaround, at a bit over 7 miles. Yes, this meant the course was an ultra Half Marathon.|
A cool thing was that I caught up with the Trekie at the turnaround and we stayed together all the way back to the finish.
And that's about it. The race was a blast! The costumes were awesome. The weather was perfect - there were a few sprinkles over the last couple of miles, but nothing to worry about.
And I'm pretty sure the zombies went home hungry.
That's it - move along…
PS: You can see more of my pictures here.