|Paratriathlete heading out to the water. These competitors were very inspiring!|
|Female age groupers - my sister is just to the right of the girl in the pink top.|
|Organized chaos in the swim|
|Wet suit stripping - this volunteer was impressively fast - I think the athletes were surprised at how fast she could get them out of their wetsuits!|
|An elite athlete starting the run course|
|Another elite athlete on the run|
|My sister in black - heading out for her final 13.1 miles|
|Headed to the finish line!|
Final thoughts on this race, from a spectator's POV. Hope they might be helpful if you have a friend/family member considering this race and you'd be supporting them!
- Its really easy to watch all of the swim because it is in a marina so there are several different vantage points
- You can also hustle around to watch swim exit and bike start, bike finish and run start
- Easy spectator parking near transition and the start
- Fun atmosphere at the finish line
- It's humid!! (yes, I've become a humidity wimp)
- Not a ton of shade for the athletes on the course and in most spots to watch and cheer
- Host hotel and most hotels are all located across town from race site - approximately a 20-30 minute drive - so you definitely want to rent a car and note that parking isn't easy downtown!
- Not super easy to park at the finish line
- Not a ton of food options for spectators at the finish line party, didn't see any restaurants/food trucks close by if you want to grab something to eat while you wait for your athlete!
- Small expo
It was a fun weekend and I am super proud of my sister for committing herself to a challenging goal, sticking with her training and rocking the race. She's inspired me to keep pushing myself in running and I hope we'll get to do another race together some day. Now I just need to convince her to sign up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene!