I complain about this race every year, yet I continue to run it. That’s because it’s one of the best values around — for $30, you get to run a race AND you get a ticket to that evening’s basketball game. The tickets were actually pretty good too. It’s the first time I’ve ever sat on the lower level for basketball, and it made a big difference.
But when John and Kelly went to packet pickup on Saturday (where they kindly picked up our packets as well), they had to wait 45 MINUTES in line. To pick up their race packet. That’s just absurd. I can’t recall ever having to wait in line more than 5 minutes at any of the hundreds of races I’ve done…except for this one. And it happens every year. Inexcusable.
Jose & me after the race
And when it was 38 degrees outside on Sunday morning, everyone had to mill around outside because the doors to the Toyota Center were either locked or guarded. No one was allowed inside, where it was warm, before the race. Keep in mind that the race ENDS on the basketball court and people are funneled through the concourse after the race (to the post-race party, which is also outside in the cold). But they can’t let people in before the race to keep warm until the start time? Also inexcusable.
And when Jose went to demonstrate the “power pose” he created that morning under the basket, the dude next to him worried warned him not to jump up at the basket. Does he seriously think that Jose can even reach the basket (which maybe he can, but in that case, DANG JOSE, YOU CAN JUMP)? And does he seriously think that even if Jose does reach the basket, that he’s going to somehow damage the rim when 6’8″ 250+ pound basketball players can dunk on it regularly without it breaking?
Anyway, all stupidity on the Toyota Center’s part aside, we had fun and enjoyed our tickets to the game that night. I ran with Jose and am proud of him for doing it — I don’t think he’d run 3 miles since the Rockets Run LAST year. After the race, we all came back to Clear Lake and went to breakfast at The Egg and I. Yum!