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LA County Holiday Half

I have my life back! Well after this weekend I do! I am so excited that we finished our last event with flying colors, red and green colors that is. :) Everyone was in the Holiday Spirit and we had a great race yesterday. I’m so glad everything went well and have only heard good responses to the race.

It all kicked off on Friday when we traveled out to Pomona and started setting up to the Expo. It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We had a huge tree put up and everything was decorated to be Holiday themed. We had to be in Pomona at 6, so I left my house at 5, getting up at 4 that morning. Getting up during events, I’ve come to find out is always the hardest part of the event! And being on your feet all day long.

Our Kids Run Finishers Certificates arrived. I seriously LOVE when race related stuff starts arrived because I get a ton of boxes at work and it’s like getting a ton of presents! It’s so much fun. I loved the Kids Run theme and everything turned out great for them.

We set a lot of the Expo up and got ready for the Expo, 5K and Kids Run that would be taking place the following morning. Not without a little goofing around inbetween working though!

By some random topiary that we found throughout the Fairplex.

Leslie and the snowman with our Holiday Half sash!

There was SO much Garland, everywhere, that needed to be hung. It needed to be festive and now I have scratches all over my legs from it. I must say that the best invention ever is the zip-tie. Finally everything was hung and set up. We were ready to go and finally hit up dinner at 7 pm. I was starving and I got a massive steak, AND AT IT ALL. What a little monster.

Sleeping was delightful that night and we had to be back up and ready to go by 3 am. We were out making sure things were set and the course was ready for the 5K and the Expo was all set. When runners started arriving at 7, it was fairly easy and since the race was smaller, it was containable.I loved how the banners and garland came out and thought that the theme was good being Holidays and not too santa-y. We had debates on this in the office for DAYS. :)

The stockings were stuffed! Man, the cereal that we put in there was amaaaaaazing. I’ve been living off that in the office for about a week now and I can’t get enough! I also love the Dole Mango yogurt covered mango bites that we have here too. I could eat those all day every day.

The sign making area that I set up was AWESOME and many people made signs yet again throughout the whole weekend. I even made everyone on staff a little stocking :)

Here is the finish line of the 5K. We were so thankful for all the Marines present throughout the weekend. It was great working with them for Toys for Tots and they were so helpful passing out medals. The 5K and Kids Run were great and I got to see Maritza as her sister and brother in law ran the 5k! The day was pretty laid back after the races were over and we got to eat dinner at 5 and were in bed by 7. Thankfully we only had to be up at 2 am to be out there at 3 am for the Half stuff and to make sure everything was set. My big task of the day was to be in Marathon Command Center.

Basically, being up there meant I was the one who okay’ed the start of the race after checking with all agencies that we were good to go. There was one main person from each agency up there with me just in case anything was to go wrong. So there was fire, pd, medical from each of the cities that we travel through. It was pretty intense in the beginning because I was nervous but once the race was off and I knew that people were doing okay, I just hoped that all the runners were having fun and there weren’t any accidents. It was a very different side of the race but I was prepared and thankfully nothing went wrong.

After the race I snuck down to see Maritza, who ran the half! I was told numerous times, oh I was told to find a girl in the red socks. :) That was a good idea to do.

It was so much fun to see everyone out there and have the Holiday spirit going throughout the weekend. We finished up yesterday around 4 and I got home and went to bed and slept for 13 hours. Awesome. I’m glad that everything went great and now we have quite a while before our next big event! I have much more time to run and train now and am going to be more in the office for a while, instead of out not sleeping and setting up random stuff. So now it’s onto working on my training plan for a few upcoming half races and then Marathon March!


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