|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.
Once we were able to navigate the casino and find the expo, not an easy task, we picked up my packet, made our way through the casino, and out to the Boardwalk as I mentioned above. We are not ones for casinos so we did not stick around, especially since they were engulfed with cigarette smoke. We took the near one mile walk back to the hotel along the Boardwalk, checking out the ocean. The boardwalk was not a thing of the past. It is now pop up vendors that made it feel like walking around at a carnival. It was not that pleasant.
Back at the hotel, based on the area, we did not feel comfortable going back out for dinner. We grabbed a pizza at the hotel’s little restaurant and called it a night. Here is the flat David gear I ran with. I got to run in my new Hoka One One Arahi shoes.
On Sunday morning, the race started at 8am, so that allowed me to sleep in a little to catch up from the day before. I got up about 6am, and was out the hotel and walking toward the boardwalk around 7am.
Beautiful sunrise over the boardwalk.
Upon arriving at the race start, I met up with many other Fifty State Half Marathoners for a group photo at 7:30am. We all hung out until about 7:50am, then we said our goodbyes and headed to the starting corral.
The corral line up.
There were no corral placement markings, so we just had to use our best judgements as to were to seed ourselves in the corrals. After the national anthem, the race got started right on time. As you can tell it was a warm morning before the race even began.
Here is the course map.
The start of the race, you run maybe a half mile, then you turn left off the boardwalk, down a ramp, and into Atlantic City. Until about mile 7.5 you are running the streets of Atlantic City. This portion of the course consisted primarily of running on highways, including on/off ramps and through a tunnel. Running through the city was not the highlight of the race as it was not that scenic, but at least it was flat and offered some shade from the sun in certain locations.
Just before mile 8, we enter back on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and would finish our race on the boardwalk. The boardwalk was nailed boards in a diagonal pattern, which other than the few that weren’t nailed down completely, it gave you a little spring in your step. There was no shade on the boardwalk, and the sun was beaming now, so I began to slow my pace once I hit the boardwalk. Just beyond mile 9, we would pass the start/finish line again. This was a little of a bummer, because it was warm, and we were seeing the leaders beginning to finish up. Once passed the start/finish line, we went out another two miles, turned around and came back to Finish.
Note to any future runners of this race. Once you enter the boardwalk, they do not block off running lanes just for the runners. So as you are running, be observant of the Atlantic City Boardwalk beachcombers. They probably have no clue a race is going on.
After 26.2 miles of running in two days, you can tell here I was pretty exhausted.
But I finished and still had a respectable 1:57:05 (8:56 pace).
It was a nice finish area, and lots of resources, but no chocolate milk. However, they had Italian Ice flavors which helped to cool me down.
As always, it is all about the bling! Here is the victory pose!
Here is the race medal, bib, and race shirt.
We did not stick around the finish area very long. After walking back to the hotel, we headed back to the Boardwalk for lunch at LandShark Bar & Grill Restaurant. They had a really awesome burger. My wife had fish.
We had an awesome view of the ocean from our table at lunch.
After lunch we walked back toward the Start/Finish line where people were still finishing up their races. The cupcake store, Boardwalk Cupcakes, was actually right at the finish line of the race. Boy did we hit the jackpot with this cupcake store!
Once we got the cupcakes, we walked back to the hotel, checked out, and got on the road for Virginia Beach, Virginia where we got to meet up with our friends, the Darlings. On Monday we got up and finished our journey back home.
Well that is a wrap on a busy weekend of back to back half marathons. We drove over 1,000 miles for the weekend, but I got to cross off two more states toward my 50 By 50 Challenge.
Fifty States Half Marathon Club Shirt Updated (Small states, got to look close). New Jersey is colored in, it is just dark blue, not a good choice on black, I guess.
My Fifty States medal rack, compliments of our great friends Matt & Kira Champagne.
Well here is the updated United States map compliments of RaceRaves. My next state will not be until May 2018; however, my next half marathon will be the last Space Coast Half Marathon in the Big Bang Series on Thanksgiving weekend. Until next time, keep up the running!