Sunday, March 26, 2017
Blue Angel Rock and Fly Half Marathon
Saturday, March 18, 2017
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 I race walked the Blue Angel Rock and Fly Half Marathon in Pensacola, Florida. It was a nice day for the event of 3000 in the half marathon and 5K as the temperature varied from 56 to 65 degrees with sunny skies and little wind. The half marathon was completely held on the Pensacola Naval Air Station on paved roads that were completely closed to traffic. Because it was held on a military base security was extremely tight with military police everywhere. This was the fourth time this event was held and I have done three of them. Water/Gatorade stations were located every 1.5 miles with plenty of enthusiastic efficient volunteers taking care of the needs of the participants. It should be noted that Gatorade was only available at about half the stations and only had about 2 ounces in a cup. I would have liked to have it available at all stations with full cups. The event was very well organized and fun to do. There was a nice after party near the finish line with live music appropriate for the Soul Train theme. At the start a live performance of the Star Spangled Banner was played on sounded almost as good as Jimi Hendrix.