LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA
I have determined that this is by far my favorite race I’ve ever competed in. Not only is it for Halloween, which is my favorite holiday, but the atmosphere of everyone getting into the costume spirit really makes this race special.
Only being 4 weeks since I fractured my foot during my half marathon, and only 5 days since I was released from wearing the dreaded walking boot, I decided to suck up my foot pain and go through with this race. Man, am I glad I did too! The wait for the race made me feel like I was at Comic Con. Nearly everyone was in costume and prancing around the convention center waiting for the race to start. I decided to wear a costume as well, but I made sure mine was something I could easily run in. I decided to go as Alex Vause from “Orange is the New Black”. I completed my orange jumpsuit with a name tag and her signature glasses. I didn’t see anyone else with the same idea, so that is a success in my books!
There were the usual costumes, Captain America, Superman, Star Wars, but some really managed to outdo themselves. I saw a team of people dressed as Mario Karts and they zoomed around the race bumping into each other. I saw an impressive “UP” creation where the old man jogged and someone was actually inside the house and ran behind him.
I saw a bunch of people with balloons all over them to make grapes. How they ran with all those balloons is beyond me.
I saw an incredible raptor costume and last but not least,
the most impressive costume of all was the group “Wizard of Oz” costume. There was an entire group to comprise the movie. They even had a house turn on it’s axle to simulated a tornado. It was crazy, and they won the contest for sure.
Not only were the costumes amazing, but the race proved to be exciting as well. The course was full of volunteers in costume as well. There was one part of the course where volunteers were zombies and just walking along the streets. They had fog coming from gutters and even had little kid zombies standing in the grates, attempting to grab runners. I loved it!
The run started out OK for me. I ran the first few miles without much issue. However, at mile 4 I felt my foot pop and I limped for a good half mile and had to walk the rest of the race. I finished at 1 hour 28 minutes, which is not good considering my PR during the half being 1 hour 16 minutes, however for having a broken foot I think I did pretty well!
The medal was super great, especially since I like skulls, and the post race was the best I’ve ever been to. They provided yummy soup in bread bowls and THREE full beers to all the finishers. Wicked 10K, I’ll be back every year! Worth all the foot pain for sure.
Would I do this again? Yes! I’ve planned to do this every year.
How to do this: Sign up at www.wicked10k.com