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Best Damn Race is just one of those events: no matter which city or which distance, its an event that is always on point.
The Jacksonville BDR is the first of the series, which starts in January. There is a 5K, 10K and half marathon, but as of yet, I have stuck with the 10K. It’ sos rare to find one around here and so I like to do as many as I can.
Packet pickup was offered the day before and on race morning, and we just opted to wait for the big day. I didn’t feel like driving to the pickup location, and with Meghan coming over for the night, I was way more interested in chilling with her than being on the road.
S joined us for the ride to Jacksonville. We left super early because we had to find a parking spot in one of the paid garages and we wanted to be close to the start/finish. Fortunately, we were able to snag a great spot right across the street. Yay!
It was cold but not freezing like last year. With temperatures in the 50s, it really was close to perfect running weather.
We picked up our packets: bibs, cute gender-specific shirts, a pair Best Damn Race socks, and Biscoff cookies in a reusable grocery bag. It’s a great swag bag, and we stashed those with the rest of our gear.
The 10K was the first of the three races to start, so after going to the restroom, we got our start line photos and lined up.
And then we were ready to go.
The 10K course was the same as last year: we left from the Landing and completed one out-and-back along Bay Street to the TIAA Bank Field and back. From there, we ran up and over one of the bridges so complete the next portion of the race through Riverside, under the Arts Market overpass and back to the Landing along the river.
The views are always outstanding towards the end of the race. There were some clouds in the sky, but ultimately, we got the sunrise over the water.
S was feeling great so bounced off with about a mile to go. We weren’t too far behind.
There were two or three hydration stops along the way with water and Nuun, and the last stop also offered gels. The weather was such that I didn’t feel the need to stop, but the fuel was well stocked for those who needed it.
Best Damn Race also offers free photos, which is such a nice perk. There were some great ones from the finish line.
We collected our medals and headed to the after party!
Outside, there were donuts by Dunkin and SoFruitty popsicles. Yum. Inside was a spread of cheese and pepperoni, chips, brownie bites and candy, in addition to water, electrolyte drinks and soda (including diet Coke!). We all had bracelets for the beer garden, where we were able to grab a celebratory drink.
We couldn’t hang out too long as we all had other things going on that morning, but we did get victory shots by the water.
And that’s a wrap on another awesome Best Damn Race Jacksonville!
There are still more opportunities to run a BDR event, and code RUNPUGS can save you $5 on Savannah, Orlando and New Orleans (any distance)! I am definitely in for the 10K + 5K Challenge in Orlando and I am strongly considering the half in Savannah. How about you?
What’s your favorite post-race treat?
5K, 10K or half?