The race was held at the Brayton Fire Training Field - it's a center where firemen from all over the United States come to train; a couple times a year, the Bomberos (Mexican firemen) and their fire trucks even come in for training, which always adds some great character to our town. Part of the training center is called Disaster City and that is where they have simulated disasters set up for the firemen to train on. I knew this was out there, but this was the first time I've gotten a close-up look at it. There were train cars all crashed, a collapsed parking garage with cars in it, mock stores, an airplane - it was definitely the most interesting race course I've ever run on!
The course started downhill, which made for a great first mile...sure, we knew that we'd be running back up toward the end, but it was fun to go fast at the beginning. We had a great time running and finished with our hands over our hearts, as a gesture of solidarity for the people killed and injured in Boston.
A few pictures:
The crowd beforehand
The water stop was right across from this sign, so Julia took a quick picture while I got us cups of water.
The race photographer generously provided his pictures for free - here's a cool shot of us by the disaster train:
Woohoo, we're running!
A fireman did the race in full gear - it was very touching to see him do this.
Afterward, look what was waiting for us:
We had a lot of fun with the cupcakes, as you can tell!
The race shirt design is really nice, but the insignias of the fire departments? Um, let's just say they accent, REALLY WELL, a certain part of a woman's anatomy. So this shirt will be reserved for wearing at home only. Ahem.
Looks awesome on the men!