Monday, May 16, 2016

#PEM2016

I had the honor of serving as a race ambassador for the inaugural Pony Express Marathon (#PEM2016) that took place in Sacramento.  

Leading up to the event, I ran the Folsom Lake Trail Half Marathon a week before #PEM2016 organized by Inside Trail Racing as a training run. This race is near and dear to my heart as I ran my first and only 50k and return back each year after to volunteer or run the shorter race distances offered. Here is my 10k recap.
 
The Pony Express Marathon was my 5th half marathon race that I ran within six weeks, and my first road race half of the year. The race was very well organized and a great event to be apart of. At the expo, I got my  bib, race shirt, and received a delicious bottle of beer from Yolo Brewing Company. What an awesome surprise!
 
 

I am in the program! Fancy!
The race started and finished at the Capitol Mall in Sacramento. I was a bit shocked to discover that the race offered no bag check, but I made sure to park as close to the finish line as possible. The course was flat and for those running the marathon, a Boston qualifier. I loved running through the different areas of Sacramento with views of downtown, the river, and quaint little neighborhoods. Aide stations were abundant and it was wonderful to have them easily accessible every couple of miles. I ran the race at a comfortable pace and finished in 2:14.
The finishing time is what I seem to be averaging now at road races and am certainly okay with that for right now…

It was so good to see some old friends and meet a couple of new ones. A great race weekend, I certainly recommend the Pony Express Marathon to add to your race calendar for next year (April 30, 2017).

At the Tweet-up with Wes

A few of the #PEM2016 Ambassadors
Patty, Laura and I at the start
Found this photo floating around the internets. I like it! Thank you to whoever took it!
I asked to Albert to pose with his medal since I stopped collecting race bling. It is pretty!
Finish line with Jessica