Still gun-shy after the terrible tough-mudder traffic debacle of 2012... We met early in the morning, long before the sun was up, so that we would arrive in Plant City when the parking opened.
Upon arrival we were leary... The morning fog following several inches of rain the previous day engulfed the field in an eerie glow. The parking was about 3/4 of a mile from packet pickup, and while there was a tractor making the slow crawl to packet pickup piled high with runners on a flatbed, we decided not to wait and made the long, and very muddy walk out. We took the tractor back to the cars to drop off our t-shirts, but walked back to the start line again - laughing at our filthy appearances before the race ever began.
The rain had both caused some changes to the race routes and the course itself. It wasn't until I viewed the video (shown below) after the race that and saw all the water on top of the tarp that I realized why we had all become pushed together in this element!
When all was said and done, any shortcomings were forgotten because of three things this race provided:
1. The sweet bling pictured below (for all finishers) the winners in the competitive wave got HUGE medals.
2. There was NO CHARGE for parking and NO CHARGE for spectators.
3. There was FREE FOOD at the end - and not bananas and bagels (although those were there too) but we are talking rice and beans, chicken and pork chops.... and UNLIMITED FREE BEER, including CIDER.... Yum Yum!
There are many races we will do, and a few we will do again.... this one goes on the will repeat list. Now we look forward to Monster Challenge next week!