When we learned about we would be pacing the innagural Livermore Half Marathon, we were both excited and a bit unsure since we didn’t know the course well. But the race organization has very good reputation and we were glad that we could play part of their debut race in Livermore. We setup a course preview run last weekend, so we could get ourselves famaliarized with the route.
On Friday 3.28, Venkat, Michael and Chad were volunteering at the Expo, and got to chat with some of the runners face to face. Marcia couldn’t leave work for the Expo, but she made the pace bands for us, and Michael & Venkat made the pacer sticks. You got to admire our talent, this is A Team work 🙂
Sat 3.29.2014, we were hoping the weather God would be with us today, as the forecast predicted there would be 60% of rain by 10:00am and 80% by 11:00am. We got to the race start at First Street @ Livermore, and could see police cars, volunteers, the stage technicians… people were busy around 6:00am already. Our pacers arrived around 7:00am as we have planned, and after putting on the race shirt & with the pacing sticks, our group were ready to provide our service today.
This is the innagural race with total of about 3,000 runners, and after a quick warmup we joined the 3,000 energentic runners with 75% being female. There was no wave start, but we lined up according to assigned time slots. Chris was to lead the 1:30, with 5 to 10 min intervals, Sopheak and Bernedetta at 2:30. Today we have couple very fast runners pacing at much slower pace, and it’s great to see them out here making our running community a happy place to be, instead of chasing their own P.R. Thanks you everyone!!
The course started from donwtwown Livermore and you can see the race organization and city of Livermore have put a lot of work preparing this race; there was police and medic everywhere, and volunteers were on their walkie-talike so they could easily communicate with each other. The course was very sceneic, lavish green at this time of the year, and volunteers were just awesome! For a race on a chilly morning, we got to thank the spectators also, because they were giving out so much energy. And don’t forget to smile, because there were event photographers probably every mile ^+++^!
The MC at this event was awesome and full of energy, and he knew so much about race stories, women runners in race history, background of elite runners..etc. And it’s really touching to see the first place winner, our young US Navy guy, sprinting in, or the Contra Costa fireman crossing the finish line. These are our true everday heroes!
At 9:29am I knew our first pacer would be coming in, and without a doubt Chris showed up and crossed the finish line with ease and smile, then one by one our pacers coming on on time with runners following them. It’s so magicaly when Tina and Max came in at 1:50 and they were unaware there was a little girl right behind them, a 12 y/o girl finishing around 1:50. What do you think of that? Kid, you are making me look bad :-p
The finish area got to be one of the nicest one we have seen, with Muscle Milk, Honest Tea, Hubert’s Lemonade, donuts, beers, and lots of wineries from Livermore pouring…etc, it’s truly a post race festival here. Finishers all got their beautiful medals and wineglasses, and walked around proudly with their friends and families at downtown Livermore. And I must thank the weather God for being with us today, because the rain started coming down after the race got finished and tear down.
As I was walking around and fist pump with runners that I don’t know, everyone said they had a great time today and the race was just fanastic!! Can’t wait to come back next year 🙂