The Rev3 Knoxville race has been on my radar since they started out, but the timing has never worked out for me to race it. The planets aligned correctly this year and I put it on my race calendar as a “must do.”
If there is one race that I have done every year since I got into the sports of triathlon and running, well…. that would be the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler up in Baltimore (really fun race with hot mulled wine, vegan stew, and TONS of cookies at the finish line). If there is a second race that I have done almost every year since I got into triathlon and running, it would be some version of the Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon here in Washington DC.
While waiting in the port o' potty line before this year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon, I was asked how many times I’ve done the race. It was my first Olympic distance race in 2004, and I’ve raced it pretty frequently since then. I’ve competed in it when the swim went parallel to the Pier, when the swim has been cancelled, and the first year they moved the swim to the current location. The race is always competitive, humid, and bumpy. This year’s was no different.