What forecasters had planned for was some early morning rain yet what smacked the city of Providence, Rhode Island this morning was more along the lines of a tropical monsoon at times. The buckets of rain made for some pretty soaked roads and the running clothes felt like they weighed an extra five pounds by the time of reaching the finish line. Can’t complain, because if it was 95 and sunny it would have been pretty unbearable but man was it wet out there today!
I have never done a Rock ‘n Roll series race before but the races tend to get pretty good hype surrounding them. Each race tends to have a headline performer at the finish line and this year Providence kicked it back to the 90’s with Sugar Ray performing. The line-up of bands along the course looked pretty good on paper but it was a bit disappointing that at a good majority of the band tents the bands were either just standing there or non-existent. I know it was raining, but kudos to those bands who toughed the weather out today. The rock part of this race was pretty lacking. Even if the rain did not allow you to play, strike up an acoustic set or sing Kumbaya rather than just no-show.
The course itself was a pretty challenging course with a good deal of some pretty decent sized hills mixed into the half-marathon course. The running through downtown and around the Brown University campus was some of the nicest running today. The finish line was a pretty good uphill sprint for the final .1 miles to the finish.
The expo yesterday was very nicely done with a good mix of vendors both local and national with both freebies and things for sale. The expo had the Rock ‘n Roll merchandise on sale, as well. The Rock ‘n Roll series is a pretty pricey half-marathon series, but all runners received technical running shirts which is always nice. The finishers medals for this inaugural race in Providence was pretty sweet, too.
In terms of time, certainly not my best half-marathon given both the pouring rain and the fact that I have not been able to log many long runs in of late. I finished in 2:08:26 or 9:48/miles and was glad to cross the finish line and finish another half-marathon today. Probably wouldn’t do next year’s Rock ‘n Roll in Providence, but might be willing to give a different series race a try in the future.