I was doing a little Google research on the Nike Women's Marathon, hoping not to find things such as, "Worst marathon ever!" or "You're better off slamming your face into the pavement!"
I found no such comments. Phew. Because, in case you forgot, I'm running the Nike Women's Marathon in October. In San Francisco. And the first thing people tell me when I mention San Francisco is, "Oh my God! All those hills!" Rest assured, my friends, the fine people at Nike.com promised me there are no cable car hills on the route.
Instead, they told me this about the course:
"The race will kick off in Downtown San Francisco at Union Square and head through the financial district past the famous TransAmerica building, along the San Francisco Bay past Fisherman' Wharf, Aquatic Park, Ghiradelli Square, Fort Mason and Marina Green while exposing breathtaking views of Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridget. The course then goes through the Presidio and Sea Cliff district, out to the Great Highway, through Golden Gate Park and south around Lake Merced, finishing just north of the Great Highway along the Pacific Ocean."
Mostly, all of that is Chinese to me, considering the furthest west I've been in this fine (cough) country is Minneapolis, so I know nothing of San Francisco. However, "breathtaking views of Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge" made my ears perk up. And that whole bit about finishing along the Pacific Ocean? Whee!
And, as if breathtaking views, giant oceans and the part where Team In Training sends me to San Francisco as my reward for raising uber-amounts of money for their cause isn't enough, each participant receives the following:
- An official finisher necklace designed by Tiffany & Co. (!!!)
- A Nike Dri-FIT finisher t-shirt in women's sizes
- A two-day, interactive Expotique in Union Square
- Extraordinary on-course support and entertainment
- Post-race celebration at the finish line, including free massages, food and music.
Happiness all around. I probably will not argue with any of that. And it's totally worth scraping tooth and nail to raise $3,800. Speaking of, I will have you know I'm up to $790, thanks to support from many fabulous people. Some of them strangers. Which is cool. I like strangers.