Scottsdale 2018 – 10K Race
This was my first time in Scottsdale for the Giants 10K race and my mom’s second.
On Friday We flew from San Francisco at 11am and arrived in Phoenix around 2:30pm. We rented a car and made our way to the hotel.
We stayed at the Comfort Suites, nothing real fancy, but we weren’t needing anything extraordinary. My mom and I worked on a real nice itinerary which kept us busy through out the entire weekend. The room was nice and had all the needed amenities and it had a two pools, a jacuzzi, and complimentary breakfast, plus it was only a 7 minute walk from the Stadium (the starting line of the race) and 10 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale.
This year there was no expo.I was bummed they didn’t have an expo and so was my mom. The last time she came to the Scottsdale race they had a real nice expo with many vendors and activities. All they had was the packet pick up and they sold some merchandise (shirts, shorts, and hats) outside the stadium.
I ended up purchasing two shirts (the two on left) and the one on the right came in our race day packet along with our bib.
We had to make a last minute change to our flight out from San Francisco so we didn’t get to Scottsdale until late in the afternoon. However, next year I would love to come earlier to catch a game and to hopefully see more players!
This year I got to see and meet Brandon Crawford and Javier Lopez.
Saturday morning was race day! My mom and I woke up early to get dressed . nd ready for the race!
It was about 45 degrees when we walked over to the starting line and then got much hotter through out the race, by the time we got back to the hotel it was already 71 degrees.
This was a really small race, not many runners, but I really enjoyed it. This was like an old school race, meaning there were no corrals. It was also really nice to run in a race where I didn’t have to swerve and run through people during the first two miles.
The course it self was pretty nice, we ran next to the stadium, next to a gold course and through parts of a neighborhood. The 10K runners did two loops, the final loop we did with the 5K runner/walkers.
This is what the course looked like:
Before going to bed on Friday nigh I looked up what my previous 10K times were on Athlinks. My best 10K time was way back in 2006, my time was 1:09:04 (11:09 pace). I made it a goal to set a new PR and I did it! I totally crushed it! 2018 Results say I finished the race with a time of 56:29 (9:06 pace).
After celebrating my new PR I walked over to get some water and my first Scottsdale Giants Race medal and our Scottsdale Bobblehead.
Overall, I had a great time running my first Scottsdale Giants Race and I can’t wait to come back next year for another fantastic race!