Since race day is really only 4 weeks away at this point (my how time flies when you’re frolicking in the snow for the better part of your training!), it is about that time to post about just how race weekend is going down.
For those of you that are coming from out of town, you’ll likely want to have a hotel room for the night before. The Ramada Hotel on Secor Rd is the host hotel and rooms can be booked at a special rate of $95 through 4/3/15. You are able to book rooms for this hotel (or several others that are recommended in the area) by clicking here.
When you get into town on race weekend (Saturday), your first stop should be to the Expo to pick up your race packet! Maybe if you’re ever so lucky, you will get to see my smiling sunshine and rainbows spewing face at the information booth. There are a lot of great vendors, so be sure to spend some time walking around and support some of the race sponsors. The last time I ran Glass City, I picked up some pretty cool race shirts that I still enjoy wearing (vintage wear, that 2012 swag). The expo will be open from 10AM until 6PM at Savage Hall Arena. If you are unable to pick your packet up on Saturday, never fear, because there is special late pickup on Sunday morning from 5:30-6:30AM!
Obviously this will leave you with plenty of free time to go explore the Toledo area! I recommend any of the following. Just make sure you don’t do too much walking the day before your race, you may regret it.
- Toledo Zoo. They just reopened the Aquarium this past weekend and the weather is starting to warm up, which means more animals will be out and about!
- Imagination Station. Very cool exhibits to explore that change often. (used to be COSI)
- The Toledo Metroparks. Just taking a stroll through Wildwood is one of my most favorite things to do in Toledo. Bonus perk–part of the course goes through it, so you can just say you’re “scouting the course”.
- Toledo Museum of Art
- For the shoppers: Franklin Park Mall, Levis Commons, or Fallen Timbers
As for dining the night before a race, everyone’s stomachs were not created equal. What works for one may not work for another. The only rule that remains constant: avoid Mexican food and you won’t be dealing with Montezuma’s revenge. Here are some local favorites to check out:
- Tony Packo’s: several locations throughout the Greater Toledo area
- Maumee Bay Brewing Company: if you like your craft beer pre-race and good bar eats
- Shorty’s BBQ: we eat here often because, frankly, they have awesome barbeque (pulled pork’s my fav)
- Gradkowski’s: have yet to eat there, but it’s located right next to campus and I’ve heard good things
- Spaghetti Warehouse: located downtown, perfect for a pasta carboload party
- The Original Pancake House or Uncle John’s Pancakes: maybe not so much for dinner, but a must-do for AFTER you rock Glass City
- Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano: a little further of a drive from main campus, but worth it for Italian grub
Once your belly is full of some good grub, it’ll be time to hit the sheets and dream about rocking your way to a PR. Race morning (for any race) always comes too soon, and Glass City is no different. I always recommend getting to a race with plenty of time to spare; it’s good to account for the time it takes to park, potty, warm-up, and maybe potty some more. Potty like a rock star, I always say. Several roads near and around campus also begin to close around 6:15-6:30AM, which can make for some congested traffic. Moral of the story: get there early. I would personally recommend parking in the garage off of Bancroft or at Rocket Hall and using your walk to the start (maybe 1/2 mile) as your warm-up.
The full and half marathon start at 7:00 AM for wheelers with the runners kicking off at 7:02 AM. The 5K starts at 7:15 AM.
Once you cross the finish line, the post race party will be held in Parking Lot 10. Awards will be available for pick-up immediately upon finishing and you will receive your finisher medal/mug!
Looking forward to sharing what should be an awesome race day with you all on April 26!