Perched on the steps of a nearby building I realized that I might not be the right audience for the Diva’s Half Marathon series – or any “women’s series race” for that matter, because it is missing one element which I really enjoy at running events: MEN.
Now, I am not saying I was sorry to be there… It is a goal of mine to do a race from every major series at least once, so there I was, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The diva series has been around for several years and it is all about girl power, encouragement, motivation… and sparkle – lots and lots of sparkle.
The expo, or should I say “Health and Fitness Boutique” had the usual vendors. It was organized and easy to get to, and many first time runners were exploring the booths – one of the more popular being Sparkle Skirts – a favorite among many of friends who are seasoned runners. I headed out soon with my pink shirt and bag to get ready for the morning.
Waiting at the start line, I saw many friends who I have made running at events across the country. There were lots of smiles and selfies… and the cast of Medieval Times. The 5k took off first and the half-marathon soon after. The course itself was fine – fairly flat with some beautiful homes, but no real views of the ocean.
Shortly before the finish, volunteers handed each runner a pink feather boa and a plastic tiara. I laughed as I couldn’t imagine putting this on my sweaty shoulders… but as we got closer to the finish line, many other runners were for the finish line photo. Then, as I rounded the corner, I saw it…. the men. Not just men, but buff… shirtless…. firemen. Ok, maybe I am a bit of a diva. The firemen were all smiles as they put the medals around each divas neck and posed for pictures with all who asked. Immediately after the medal, a long stem red rose and glass of bubbly were handed to me. Ok, ok…. I give in…. this was fun.