On Sunday Chris and I ran the 4th and last race in the Kona Grand Slam Series, the Kona Chocolate Run 10k! This race was not new to us as we ran it last year on its inaugural debut. Like all first time races, they had some issues. Most notably the line for the chocolate buffet was so long that we ended up not getting any chocolate at all. Kona is known for listening to its runners and implementing change to improve the runner experience, so we went into this years race confident that things had changed for the better.
The great thing about running the Kona Grand Slam Series this year is that 3 of the 4 races took place in the exact same location so that made race morning comfortably smooth for us since we knew what time to get there, where to park, where packet pick up was and where to find the start line.
The 10k had a 3 wave start and Chris and I got there in time to jump into the first wave.
That’s my I’m super cold pre-race selfie. Winter seems to be moving in a tad early this year. Bah humbug. Luckily once I got moving I warmed up.
It was nice being familiar with the race course. I recognized a lot of the volunteers and spectators from the previous races. Although there was one spectator that I don’t recall seeing previously. I am going to call him the Happy Sunday Guy because he was out in his driveway with his tailgate down giving out small shots of Bud Light while saying “Happy Sunday!” I don’t like beer but I thought that was pretty awesome!
Chris and I didn’t have a time goal for this race so we just took it easy and enjoyed the run. And of course collected our medal when we crossed the finish line.
And this time around we actually got some chocolate. We didn’t have to wait at all. Much improved over last years insanely long line. Nice job Kona!
Once our bellies were adequately full of chocolate we collected our Kona Grand Slam medals which we have been working towards since March!
Here’s a look at all of the medals that we added to our collection by doing this series!
Kona has some nice bling for their races. Their swag is always very nice too. Here’s the swag we got from the Chocolate Run.
In some ways it is sad that the series is over because that means that my 2014 race season is wrapping up. But on the other hand, I am excited that I accomplished another one of my goals for the year.
I would highly recommend the Kona series or any of their races individually as they always put on a great race and put the runner experience as their top priority. If you are thinking of running one of their events next year, I say go for it! You will not be disappointed!
For a recap of the individual races of the series, click on the links below.
What did you do this weekend?
Anyone else do some running or racing?