The Mercedes Benz Half Marathon is an uneventful race in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s a big loop run in an interesting historically relevant city. I don’t remember much about this race because it was 25 degrees at the start of the race and my brain was frozen. Why is it always freezing when I visit the south?
The Mercedes Benz Half Marathon is a loop run in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama. There is tremendous amount of history in this small town. Birmingham was central to the civil rights movement in 1963 and is a super quaint little town that screams southern. On this trip I forgot a phone charger which I use to charge my phone so I can track my races. Not a lot open on a Saturday afternoon in downtown Birmingham but I did finally find a Kinkos with a charger kit. Best $19.99 I’ve ever spent!
The Race – AKA “The Frozen Tundra”
I have bad luck in the south. This trip? I kid you not the temperature at the race start was in the low 20’s. They distributed gloves to the race participants likely as a precaution against lawsuits from frostbite. As mentioned in the beginning of this post, I remember very little of the race due to the extremely cold temperatures. I have one vivid memory however, every single water station I stopped at along the race route to get a drink, had ice floating in the top. Bitter cold! I thought the South was supposed to be warm?
Another state in the books! Take care Alabama.