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A destination race

Dragon 3.5 mile Dash  – April 21, 2013 – 8:00am – Kailua-Kona, HI

As soon as we booked our Hawaii trip, I started looking for races on the Big Island. I was lucky enough to find one on our last day there, so I decided to do it. I emailed the race organizers as well as the local running store to get information, but quickly realized that this was a very laid back race, with no registration or fee required.

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The 8:00am start was clearly on Hawaiian time, which meant that nothing was really going to start happening for at least 30 minutes. Here I am with mostly locals waiting.

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Here is a Peaman giving us instructions. It was hard to hear him, so I just followed everyone else. The most important part was the finish. I had to grab a popsicle stick [you read that right] with a number written on it and then take it to a woman under the canopy. She would ask for the stick as well as my name and age.  This was their timing method, which I was not really sure how it was going to work.

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The small group of runners advanced toward the start [no clear starting point] on the street near the pier. The sun was blazing and I was already hot, just standing there.

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I tried as best I could to enjoy the scenery, but I was so hot. Although I was “dying” I did not want to stop to grab water at the 1/2 way point. I couldn’t wait to be done. This picture is of me approaching the sea wall near the pier where Brian and Brenna were waiting.

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As you can see, the finish line was merely a banner and the woman under the umbrella off to the left side of the picture was the “timer.”

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After quickly finishing off 1 bottle of water, Brian went off to the ABC store to get another. I also had my first energy gel packet after the race. It was definitely my hardest race to date. The climate – sunny, humid, 80s and the terrain – constant climb 1 way left me wiped out.

My time was 35:29 with a pace of 10.08 – definitely not a PR race, but still happy to say that I ran a race in Hawaii!