1. We landed at 5:45pm and the race expo closed at 7pm. I was nervous about renting a car and getting to the convention center before it closed.
Have no fear! The Jackson airport is teeny tiny. We breezed through, got our car ($25 through Hotwire) and had plenty of time at the smallish expo.
|Even time for a picture at the airport.|
3. The Jackson Marriottt is the closest host hotel to the start line, just a half mile away. Special rates for race weekend, $99/night + $12 for parking.
As we walked into the lobby, S asked how much we were paying, as the hotel's elegance and southern charm exceeded the inexpensive rate. At check in, I received a special bag with bottled water and a granola bar. Race morning and post race, there were bottled waters and bananas in the lobby for all. This hotel understood us runners.
4. The expo had a handful of vendors. The race shirt is a softer, thicker tech fabric (SweatVac brand) and unique to me. E was able to exchange her shirt for a smaller size, after the race, not before.
|Whew, we made it to the expo after traveling 12 hours. What a long day.|
|White shirt, blue bag check bag, harmonica, CD. Neat swag.|
5. Inside the race bag, lots of restaurants offered discounts (if you brought your race bib). We ate at Bravo (15% discount) for dinner the night before the race. The place was packed, but we found seats at the bar. I enjoyed a chicken and sweet potato salad.
6. Post race, we went for brunch at Julep. E is a great foodie and could not steer us wrong. Of course, we had beignets. I ordered a Bloody Mary for the first time (not a big fan). Then, I went way out of my comfort zone and tried the fried green tomatoes (with cheese and crab meat). You can't get fried green tomatoes in Oregon, ya'll.
|I had to stack them back up after I realized you'd want a photo.|
Yum! I realize most anything fried tastes great, but these were awesome.
7. I wish we could have stayed one more night. The race sponsors a Blues Crawl, where a trolley takes you around Jackson on Saturday night. All racers got a free wrist band to ride, additional could be purchased for $10. That would have been a great way to see more of the city.
If you get the chance, run the Blues.