We came to Ireland and Scotland on vacation for our 40th Anniversary. That was the hook anyway. We really came for the Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Whch I ran yesterday in 2:18:11.
It was a pretty average Rock 'n' Roll. Fairly well organized with lots of volunteers and a moderately challenging course ... not entirely flat, not too many hills. The one thing they didn't have enough of was potties. Fortunately, this is Europe and there was no squeamishness about heading for the bushes when they were available. And that was the women! I saw men just whip it out into the gutter ... Stay classy Dublin!
RnR doesn't control the weather, but this is the place to do an August race. The temps were in the mid to high 50s (14-15ºC) having just finished raining about two hours before hte race. PERFECT!
Their Expo was small compared to any I have attended that had an expo. ANd that was OK because some of them can get overwhelming. The packet pick up for RnRs usually have a couple of bulletin boards where you can look up your bib number then get your packet. Dublin was missing that so I had to look mine up on line. Lucky me, I bought a 300MB data package from ATT for my phone.
But for €36 ($42 when I registered), I think I got my money's worth. Even at the show the registration was only €55 ($75) which is about half what most RnRs charge.
Next up for me, Coll Half Marathon on the Isle of Coll of Scotland, 8/17. No room, so I am taking a tent and bedroll. Taking the ferry across on Friday, Run Saturday 2:00PM, return Sunday on the ferry. Hiring a bike to get around. Ferry £0 each way, Campground £6 per night, Bike £10 per day, Registration £15 one time, Sense of adventure in a half marathon, Priceless!
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
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