On Friday night I ran my first race in Austin: the Zilker Relays!
The Zilker Relays are a massively popular local relay race, in which teams of 4 people run 2.5 mile loops of Zilker Park for a total of 10 miles. Then there are tacos, beer and music at the finish line!
I ran with the Austin chapter of the Oiselle Team, who had put together 3 relay teams for the race. I also saw many of my November Project ATX friends. It was the place to be on Friday night!
The exchange area was a little chaotic – there were hand-off zones, but they weren’t assigned, and our team didn’t realize that we could pick a zone to look for each other until after the first runner had started. Luckily I found my #1 runner quickly!
The course had a few out-and-backs, so it was easy to find a good spot to cheer to see runners more than once. The weather was glorious (only 80 degrees!) but it was still pretty humid and after a long day (ahem, week) of work, it was hard to get my legs to go fast. I was running the second leg, so I was running past 1st-leg people and getting passed by super speedy 3rd-leg people. I managed to kick it into gear for the last half mile and passed a few people in a sprint to the finish.
2.5 miles / 22:09 / 8:39min/mi
It was a great introduction to the Austin running scene (which is huge!) and a really fun way to connect with local runners.
Also, a big thank you to High Five Events that runs the Austin Marathon and 3M Half. From 9/5 to 9/8 they donated 100% of all registrations to Hurricane Harvey Relief – but I had already registered for both races a few days before to avoid a price increase. I contacted them and they were able to include my registration fees in the funds collected. Thank you!
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