During one of my runs last week, my mind was wandering... as it often does! I was thinking about some of the races I have run in the past and it dawned on me that there are two races I have run that had completely different finishes!
I hope you enjoy my finish line stories about the Phunt 50k and the Keybank Vermont City Marathon!
My first ultra ever! This fat ass trail race is held in early January. The year I ran it, the temperatures were freezing! There was snow on the ground so there was a lot of sloshing and slogging. I remember getting a bit lost around mile 20 but somehow got back on track and found my way to the finish line.
I'm not going to lie, I was damn pleased with myself for running the longest distance I had ever run at that point in my life. I'm not sure what I was expecting at the finish line, but I was pretty sure there would be a crowd of people clapping and cheering for me as I completed something that was EPIC!
There was no crowd. There was no cheering. There was no clapping.
What there was, was a campfire with a couple people huddled around it. They were trying to stay warm as they ate hot dogs. As I crossed the finish line, no one even looked at me.
I was shocked that no one acknowledged my finish, but I was still happy and proud of myself for completing the race. I grabbed a hot dog, hopped in the car, and drove home.
The moral of the story is: If you want people to clap for you after a race, don't run an ultra!
This Burlington, VT race was my second marathon and a race that I urge people in my neck of the woods to do! I could go on and on about how awesome this run is, but we're just talking finish lines today!
The last couple miles of the race are on a tow path along Lake Champlain. Then the path opens into a park. The trail is rather narrow- maybe wide enough for three runners across, so they had fences lining it to be sure the crowd didn't block the path.
And what a crowd it was! The path in the park leading up the finish was just LINED with cheering fans. This was nothing like I ever experienced before, as it was only my third race ever. I felt like I was a celebrity on the red carpet. I felt like a freaking ROCK STAR! I remember wishing everyone got to experience this!
I will never forget the finish in Burlington as it was the first time I experienced something like that on race day!
Did you ever finish and no one was there to see it?
Which race that you have run has the best finish line?