I started about 7:45 am and was off. First, I hadn't run through this part of Raleigh and it was lovely. The course was flat at this point so it was easy going. I saw this fun yard about two and half miles into the race course. What a laugh!
At mile four, there was a group of older ladies baton twirling and having fun, cheering on the runners. It was great to see this group who looked as though they were having more fun than the runners.
City of Oaks 10k. The top of that hill was the finish line for that 10k which was my first race in my new home state of North Carolina.
We started toward North Carolina State and a beautiful part of Raleigh. I saw the outdoor theater and the rose gardens-beautiful. I can only imagine what they look like when they are in bloom. As I came around a corner heading toward the NC State Bell Tower, I saw the Brooks guitar guy.
Off to run through NC State and head back toward Dorothea Dix Parks. Now, I know that I was in the home stretch. I saw this great sign at mile 12 and had someone take my picture. However, they dropped my phone and the screen is cracked.
As I came to the home stretch of the last 3/4 of a mile, I saw one of my running groups, Raleigh Running Nutz photographers and she took my picture while cheering me on!
Afterwards, it was getting my medal for my I run for buddy, Andrew and wait for Joe. The runners' village was wonderful with all the food (bananas, pretzels, water and Gatorade along with chips and granola bars) along with free beer. I grabbed my beer while waiting for Joe. The band Cracker was playing and it was great plus having seats at the stadium was wonderful!
Till next time and remember, my journey continues...If you can dream it, you can do it as Walt Disney said!
Disclaimer: As a Rock-N-Blogger, I received a complimentary global tour pass, which I used as entry for this race. As always, the opinions are my own.