SeaWheeze 1/2 Marathon & Sunset Festival
SeaWheeze was so much fun that I am still giddy while reminiscing about it a week later. It wasn’t just the half marathon, but the entire experience starting with the packet pick-up and crazy line for the SeaWheeze store to the blissology yoga and amazingly fun party with Capital Cities at the Sunset Festival. Of course, the half marathon was awesome too. It was a fun and beautiful course through the city and Stanley Park with lots of cheer stations and entertainment to keep us going to the finish line!
Day 1: Packet Pick-up & SeaWheeze Store
6:50 am apparently was not early enough to arrive for the 7am opening.
The line wrapped all the way around the giant Vancouver Convention Centre. Shoppers began lining up as early as 4am that morning in anticipation of the 22,000 square feet of lululemon’s exclusive SeaWheeze merchandise sold only that day. Luckily my parents were able to hold our place in the store line while we picked up our packets inside.
Clothes were flying off the racks and shelves as soon as they were restocked, people were on the floor surrounded by piles of items, and both men and women were stripping down in the middle of the room trying on garments. It was pretty crazy, but they had lots of fun stuff!
Outside the store was a complete assortment of amenities for race participants, including cold brewed coffee and electrolyte drink samples, a tattoo station (temporary, of course), an area to get your hair did by a professional stylist, a place for your nails to be painted, and even a station for men where they could get their hair cut or beards trimmed–all complimentary for SeaWheeze participants.
It was an awesome way to kick off the race weekend.
Day 2: Race Day & Sunset Festival
We arrived early and stayed warm inside the convention centre.
Then we began gathering in our corrals.
There were 10,015 runners.
A race photographer happened to get this shot of us taking off at the start.
Brandon has been dealing with a knee injury for the last few months and wasn’t able to train for the race. He planned to stay with me for the first 3 miles and then drop out and walk straight to the end to see me finish.He ended up staying with me all the way to the end of the Burrard Street Bridge which was about 5.5 miles in! However, at that point he really had no idea where he was and didn’t want to get lost so he decided to stay on the race course and run/walk the rest.
My parents were waiting for me to run by at Muscle Beach when a good friend of ours who we hadn’t seen in years happened to run past my mom and recognize her. He even ran back to give her a big, sweaty hug.
I turned the corner and spotted my mom but she was looking the other way waving at someone. I yelled, “Mom! Moooom!” And she saw me pass just in time. My dad snapped this shot of me right around the 8 mile mark.
The final cheer station was at the 11 mile mark and my parents were there to cheer me on.
As I drew near the finish line I searched for familiar faces but didn’t see anyone. Unfortunately my parents didn’t make it back fast enough and were still on the shuttle from the cheer station. Since I didn’t know Brandon was still running the race behind me I was confused when I couldn’t find him at the finish and worried he was somewhere lost in the city.
Finally, my cheer team arrived.
And then we found Brandon! I was so proud of him for finishing the race.
We did it! All 13.1 miles.
That evening we were ready to do some yoga at the Sunset Festival.
Then there was Capital Cities.
We spent 5 days on the island of Lana’i with friends from church. Camping, doing Weird Animals Vacation Bible School for the kids of Lana’i and having a blast!
There was no mistaking him at the shore break holding the fancy camera in its huge water tech housing, talking story with local spongers and family vacationers alike, and kindly posing for photos with a shaka on his hand. It was Clark Little! As he was leaving I jumped up and drug Mochi with me, building up the courage to go up to him and say hi.
Clark was born in Napa Valley and grew up on Oahu. He became a pro surfer and was known for his skill in surfing Waimea Bay shore break. Though since 2007 he quickly gained notoriety for his amazing shore break wave photos.
I was so happy I got to meet him! Although Mochi was pretty disinterested.
Not only did I get to meet Clark Little, but he was also with Pat Towersey! “Punker Pat” grew up in Newport Beach, CA and became a pro surfer by age 12. He now competes in a lot of paddleboarding races and is known for the selfies he takes while surfing.
It was awesome to be able to meet him too. And take a selfie with him.
And lastly, I met Kai Lenny, who I found out is pretty talented himself. His basic description is “waterman” and he was born and raised on Maui.
It was a great day at Makena.