Running in a sea of sparkles: The Diva’s Half Marathon

A sparkling sea of pink waits for the beginning of the Diva's Half Marathon and 5k

A sparkling sea of pink waits for the beginning of the Diva’s Half Marathon and 5k

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.

Swag for the Diva's Half Marathon

Swag for the Diva’s Half Marathon

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.

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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.

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