Are you ready for Part 2 of the official race report: ZOOMA Amelia Island! I was hoping to have pro race photos back by this time, but it seems like we will just have to work with what I have. Let’s get to it!
Due to limited parking, Meghan and I opted to get up early so we were guaranteed a spot. We brought bagels and peanut butter to eat while we waited. There was also plenty of time to use the bathrooms and catch the sunrise over the beach.
Bag check was available, but we were parked so close to the start/finish line and post-race activity area the we just opted to stash our belongings in the car, and forego that service.
After photos and wandering about, the announcer indicated it was time to line up. The half marathon and 12K would start together, deviate at a certain point, and then converge for the last bit of the race.
The weather was lovely and we were ready to get going.
Promptly at 7:20, we took off.
Miles 1 – 3
The race left from Main Beach Park and took off through Amelia Island.
Our first three miles were fairly straightforward, through the streets and neighborhoods of the beach area. There were some turns and some slight hills (Floridians, you understand), but nothing too major.
I think it’s important to point out this was an open course, meaning runners shared the road with vehicular traffic. On a Sunday morning, there weren’t a ton of cars, but I would encourage anyone running the scarce to be on high alert.
Meghan and I just did our thing. We ran when we felt like it and walked at other times. I was really up for anything and happy to take my lead from her.
Miles 4 – 7.44
The hardest part of the 12K was a bridge at about the halfway point. The ascent and descent were both awkwardly banked, which was rough on my ankle. The view at the top was so worth it, though.
For quite a few miles, runners made their way through the paved roads of Fort Clinch. I loved this part of the run. It was quiet and shaded and quite lovely. Running through the woods always gives me a feeling of peace, and it was nice to not be directly in the morning sun.
At a certain point, the half marathoners joined back up with us, and we found ourselves out of the woods and on our way to the finish line!
Volunteers handed us these gorgeous medals, cold water, and icy towels, which were a nice touch. Yay for another race!
Medals in hand, it was time to party!
ZOOMA had an area roped off with music, snacks, and mimosas. Sign me up, please!
The snack boxes had huge Costco muffins in apple or pumpkin, and trail mix. Runners could also help themselves to apples, bananas, and yogurt. Loved that!
Another table offered mimosas and juice.
We grabbed a spot at a picnic table to celebrate.
While we were at the beach, we got some more medal photos.
And then we cleaned up, packed the car, and went to brunch!
It’s been years since I ran ZOOMA in Amelia Island, and a lot has changed (for the better).
Things I Loved:
- The full weekend of activities
- A performance tank instead of a t-shirt
- A huge swag bag (reusable, clear bag with water bottle, tank, luggage tag, sticker and patch)
- Great snacks and mimosas after the race
- Pretty course
- Options for a challenge (5K on Saturday night with 12k or half on Sunday morning)
- GORGEOUS medals
Things I Didn’t Love:
- The open course
- The banked bridge
- The lack of running supplies at the expo
Two thumbs up for ZOOMA Amelia Island! I plan to be back soon!
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