I know several of you have been anxiously awaiting this last week of official marathon/mini marathon training. Our big day is finally right around the corner. My last calculations have us at 26 people attending the St. Louis events and 2 people competing in the Marine Corps marathon.
We have all worked very hard to get to this point so lets stay focused for just one more week. Spend some extra time scouring our Online Training Manual for any last minute racing tips or pieces of advice. But more importantly, spend some quality time researching information about your specific event. All of you should have received several emails from the race organizers with specific race info. Here are some topics to learn about before the event:
Packet pick-up info is very important: When, where, proximity to your hotel, etc… Remember that most people will be arriving mid afternoon Saturday, so expect the largest crowds at this time. Don’t be surprised if there are very long lines.
Eating plans: Just in case you have been under a rock for the last few days, most of you should already know that the World Series is in town (St. Louis). There are games Saturday and Sunday. This means the entire city will be packed with people. Plan accordingly. My recommendation would be to eat a nice late lunch somewhere and then head back to your hotel with some healthy snacks to munch on while you go to bed early prepping for the race. Dinner reservations will be very hard on a Saturday night in Downtown St. Louis with a game going on.
Pre-race/post-race: Please study the details regarding the start area. How far is it from your hotel? Is it walking distance? What will the weather be like? What time do I have to be down there? Did you know everyone is in a designated starting corral? Make sure those you plan to run with are in the same corral. If not, you can inquire about moving corrals at the race check-in. Did you also know they have a “morning clothes” check in area. You can wear heavier, warmer clothes to the start line and then check them in a bag at a specific drop area for pick-up after the race. See details in your race emails. Last but not least, designate an area to meet back up with friends after the race. One more thing, those leaving Sunday should inquire about late check out to make sure you can take a shower before heading home.
Post race gathering: I am not sure how many would be interested in this, but I have made some arrangements at a local eating/drinking establishment for a little post race celebration. I have been told by more than one person to check out the Schlafly Tap room in downtown St. Louis (2100 Locust street). The reviews online for both the food and beer speak for themselves. I have made a tentative reservation for 20 people Sunday at 2pm (this should give everyone plenty of time to clean up). I would love to have everyone join us for a nice celebratory lunch. Please send me a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining us. I need to give them a firm head count late Sunday morning.