Since it’s Wordless Wednesday I’ll be brief. The Zooma Atlanta Half Marathon – LOVED it.
Last Saturday Nicole, Renee, Christie and I piled in my SUV and drove a quick 40 minutes to Lake Lanier Islands Resort for a little mini girls getaway and to run the Zooma Atlanta Half Marathon and 5K. To say we had fun would be an understatement.
I posted this pic on Facebook and got a comment that said, “Looks like trouble brewing …” I plead the fifth.
Our home for the night. The resort was charming! I had no idea this gem was right here so close to my house. As Arnold says, “I’ll be back.”
Renee and Nicole all smiles and ready to run.
The shuttle from the Lodge to the start line. Isn’t it fun? The transportation was easy. They had continuous shuttles with little wait time.
My Aunt Kristi met us there to run the half, too; and we ran into the fabulous Darlene Baltimore – a Black Girls Run and Zooma Ambassador.
And, we’re off! The course was gorgeous. We made two loops through through the island and had beautiful scenery. Yes, there were hills but they weren’t too bad. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at how well I handled them.
Fab-U-Lous! Every race needs a fun spectator! She rang that bell and cheered throughout the race.
I loved running by the water. Ahh.
Christie ran the 5K and I just happened to see her as she headed toward the finish line. So proud of her. Christie will tell you she normally only runs when being chased. Tee hee hee.
I also saw two of my friends and tennis teammates. Go Tiffany and Shannon (and unidentified woman behind them)!
I took this pic around mile 4. What? I know I’m silly, but I’m supposed to have fun, right?
Loved the inspiring signs along the course.
And, the inspiring shirts, too!
Half Marathon #9 Done! They announced names as people crossed the finish line. This is what the guy said for me, “Here comes Lorraine Robertson … all sparkly and stuff.” Too funny.
You got to love a race that serves champagne after. Ahem.
The lovely AnotherMotherRunner.com gals were there cheering everyone on and selling their books, shirts and goodies at the after-expo. I went to a book soiree for them on Friday night. I’ll post about that soon, but in the meantime definitely check out their new book, “Train Like a Mother.”
It was great to meet the lovely Tricia Minnick. Hopefully I’ll get out to Texas to run a Zooma event in her neck of the woods, too!
Black Girls Run was represented big time at Zooma. And had big fun, too!
On the shuttle back to the Lodge, we bumped into Twitter friend Jaime (SouthernMaineMuse) and had some good laughs.
One last pic before we headed home. I’m already looking forward to next year.
Winks & Smiles,
Disclosure: I served as a Zooma Connector for this race and received a free race entry and goodie bag. I stayed at Lake Lanier Islands Resort at a discounted media rate (look for my full review on TravelingMom.com soon). As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.