I’ll be the first to admit…sometimes I’m in the races just for the bling. That’s right folk, the medals. I relish the moment I cross the finish line, barely able to breathe and your body is telling you, “AT LAST!” Then some 16-year-old volunteer murmurs a half-hearted, “Congratulations,” and then they knight you. Ok, ok, it’s not a knighting per se and the Queen isn’t recognizing any special accomplishment, but they do drape a thick ribbon around your neck with a specialized medal that commemorates that day and that run.
The bling is one of the reasons that I am doing the California Dreamin’ racing series this year. The series consists of the San Francisco marathon, the Long Beach marathon, and the Surf City marathon. Complete all three within two years and you’ve earned an extra sweet medal and jacket, and an extra bonus: you can do the half marathons and still qualify (which is what I’m doing).
I remember seeing a picture of Danica with the California Dreamin’ medal and jacket last year and I knew instantly, I want that medal!
I ran the San Francisco half marathon last year and have already registered for Long Beach and Surf City half marathons this year! I’m so excited to run some great races with some great friends…oh and let’s not forget…score some sweet bling.
Who else has done the California Dreamin’ series? Is the bling really all it’s cracked up to be? And what about the jacket? Do you ever wear it again? While you ponder these thoughts, enjoy some overly talented kid strum a rendition of the one and only: California Dreamin’