On Sunday, November 26, 2017, I ran the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida for the fifth & final time in the Big Bang Series. The Big Bang Series, was a five year plan, in which they offered a finisher medal of one of the space shuttles each year, with a three year Milky Way Challenge medal, and a five year Intergalactic Challenge medal if you complete all five years.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Atlantis was NASA’s fourth shuttle orbiter. Atlantis took half the time spent on Columbia to be built. Its first launch was on my birthday, October 3, 1995 as STS-51. It flew 33 missions, with is final mission and the final mission of the Shuttle Program on July, 8-21, 2011.
||Half Marathon State # 22
Half Marathon #40
On October 22, 2017, I did a back to back half marathon for State #22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Atlantic City Half Marathon. The previous day I did the Monster Mash Half Marathon in Dover, Delaware. For this race, the weather was a little warmer, as the start was around 57 degrees and climbed to about 65 degrees at the finish, with humidity around 100 percent.
This would also be my 40th Half Marathon!
It took us about two hours to drive over from Dover, Delaware. We arrived in Atlantic City, New Jersey about 3pm. After checking into our hotel, the Courtyard Atlantic City, we walked to the Expo which was at Bally’s Casino Atlantic City which was less than a mile from the hotel. Going there we walked via the streets, and did not feel too comfortable walking in that area. On our return trip, we realized we could take the Boardwalk, and that felt a little more safe. Bally’s on the Boardwalk was where the race started/ended, so that was helpful for Sunday morning navigation as well.
||Half Marathon State # 21
Half Marathon #39
On October 21, 2017, State #21 would take me to Dover, Delaware for the Monster Mash Half Marathon. The weather for the race was perfect as it was in the upper 40s at the start and finished near the mid-50s, with humidity in the 85-90 percent range.
The Monster Mash Half Marathon is paired with a marathon as well, and is a great locally run event that covers most of Dover.
As stated above the weather was awesome for a half marathon. Here was the “Flat David” the night before the race.
My friends over at RaceRaves.com now build you your own map based on your race reviews. I think it looks very sharp. If you are a runner and are not yet a member of RaceRaves, join now!
Yesterday it was announced through multiple sources that RunDisney will be cancelling all running events at Disneyland starting in 2018. The claims in the articles is that the cancellations are due to the ongoing construction that is taking place, such as Star Wars Land (Star Wars: At Galaxy’s Edge).
Here are some links discussing the topic:
Theme Park Insider
I am hoping that this is for the construction, and not using it as an excuse to delay the inevitable. I was looking forward to one day getting my Kessler’s Challenge medal for doing all the Star Wars races in Florida and California. I guess only time will tell as to the future of these events.
Hopefully, during this delay RunDisney will revisit many of their endeavors and work on quality, better events, etc. as they have been lacking in the past few years.
Hopefully this will not be my only Disneyland RunDisney medal!
For all my California running friends, come run with us in Florida! You are welcomed!
Many of you know that I am a licensed pyrotechnician lead operator for the state of South Carolina. With that always comes a busy time of year around July 4th. Here are a few videos from the three shows I did over the holiday. Two were shot under Zambelli Fireworks and the other at my church was my personal shoot. Enjoy!
Moncks Corner Finale (7/1/17)
My Church Northwood Baptist Finale (7/2/17)
Drone Footage from my church show (7/2/17)
Bamberg Finale (7/4/17)