ZoomaRun Annapolis: Race Recap and ZOOMANation

Disclosure: As a 2015 ZOOMA race ambassador I received complimentary entry into the race. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own

Last Saturday, May 30th, I toed the line at 7:00am for my 4th half marathon and 5th ZoomaRun race! It was a beautiful, but humid and sunny, morning in Annapolis, Maryland!  Due to the notorious heat and humidity of this race each year, I’ve gone back and forth with running either the 10k or 13.1. However, the Zooma Run Race experience keeps drawing me in to run this race every year!  

Sunny Morning at Annapolis Naval Academy Stadium

The day before the race, I took a day off from teaching to drive up to Annapolis.  Every year I look forward to staying overnight at the race host hotel,  Loews Annapolis Hotel. I love the location of this hotel because it’s a mile from the start and finish line of the ZoomaRun 10k and Half Marathon! The hotel is also within walking distance of historic downtown Annapolis with great restaurants and shops! 

The view down Main Street of historic downtown Annapolis. Just a short walk from the ZoomaRun host hotel!

 

This year my longtime friend from high school decided to drive up to Annapolis and run the half marathon with me! Jennifer and I ran cross country and track together in high school, twenty something years ago! Friday afternoon, the day before the race, we per used the ZoomaRun vendor expo and had lunch downtown! 

So much fun posing for pics at the ZoomaRun Race Expo with my long time high school friend!

 

ZoomaRun always has a well organized race expo! At the race expo there were several running gear and race inspired vendors! Bib pick up was also available and well organized! My two favorite companies, Charm City Run Annapolis Store and Effective Integrative Healthcare had booths! My sports chiropractor, Dr. Patricia DeNardo was there to offer free kinesiology taping! I’ve been getting graston, trigger point therapy and ultrasound on my achilles from Dr. DeNardo since early March! 

   

Dr. DeNardo, in pink, taping for free at the ZoomaRun Expo!
  

Dr. DeNardo with Effective Integrative Healthcare taped my achilles!

Scenes from the ZoomaRun Race Expo! Zooma Inspired of Course!    
     

Course preview map was on display!  Every year the Zooma Run Annapolis team works hard to provide a well organized and mapped course with good signage! No race is perfect, but Zooma strives to have a well marked course and hydration stops throughout the race! 

Zooma Run 10k and half marathon course map!

 

 

Race Day Pic of the Infamously Tough Naval Academy Bridge! The half marathon course takes you over thus bridbe twice!
 
After hanging out at the expo, it was time for race bib pick up! Along with the race bib, ZoomaRun provided runners with a high performance tech tee from Green Layer Sports, a blank journal and a pair of Feetures Running Socks! Each year that I’ve run Zooma races, the race swag bag has varied, but it’s always quality over quantity. 

  
After enjoying the race expo, I squeezed in a quick nap in my comfy double bed hotel room! Then, later on that evening I met up with my fellow ZoomaRun Race Ambassadors! I enjoyed getting to know these ladies through their personal blogs, ZoomaRun training events and the ZoomaRun Ambassador Facebook page! Below is a pic from the race ambassador dinner meet up the night prior to racing! 

 The highlight of dinner that night was the very real and open conversations about running, juggling life and family, and looking ahead to future goals! I really enjoyed my conversation with Creigh Kelley-read about him here, Renowned Race Announcer! He shared his experience as an elite runner, father and coach. 

   
And then, an ambassador pic race morning! 

 

The heat, hills and humidity were tough, but I finished my 4th half marathon with a smile! thanks to fellow ZoomaRun ambassador, Aundra, for the finish line pic!

 

ZoomaRun creates opportunities for women runners of all levels to come together!  This year, having this opportunity to be a ZoomaRun ambassador was inspiring and motivating! I met women who show strength and determination through running and varied lifestyles! ZooMANation is women who motivate, challenge and engage other women runners! 

I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest at detailing mile by mile race recaps.  I don’t take a ton of pics during my actual faces.  This year’s half marathon was tough due to the heat, hills and humidity. My fellow ZoomaRun ambassador, Cynthia, has a link up here-You Signed Up for What with ZoomaRun recaps! 

Why ZoomaRun? 

I really want to highlight the reasons that I keep running Zooma! Over the last several years I’ve run Annapolis many times! I’ve also followed ZoomaRun to Cape Cod!  Each year ZoomaRun races return to some favorite race locations and add new ones! Checkout the ZoomaRun RaceCations here-ZoomaRun Women’s Race Series 

ZoomaRun gear and medals over the years! ZoomaRun is aboiut determination, strength and Inspiration!

Thoughts on ZoomaRun and What Keeps Me Running with ZOOMANation: 

  • Beautiful, scenic courses in gorgeous host towns and cities
  • Relaxing and luxurious host hotels

ZoomaRun Women’s Race Series is all about inspiring women, supporting women and developing relationships with women owned companies! Through ZoomaRun I’ve had the opportunity to network with other women and form some lasting friendships with fellow runners/bloggers! I’m very thankful for two amazing friendships that happened at ZoomaRun races-Colleen and Lisa 

ZoomaRun Partners with Women Owned Companies! Empowering and Uplifting Women:

Over the years, I’ve watched ZoomaRun continually reflect on and strive to improve the race experience for all women. ZoomaRun continues to network, engage and form relationships with women through races, blogging and the Zooma Life Podcasts 

The ZooomaRun Women’s Race Series is more than just running a 5k, 10k or half marathon! It’s about continuing to encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle for women. 

ZoomaRun Annapolis Discount Code for next spring-2016

Code: DOITAGAIN 10% off half marThon or 10k 

Expires midnight June 7th! 

{so half marathon is only $76.00} 

ZoomaRun Cape Code Race Discount- Code:Angela15 

{Angela’s blog-happyfitmama}

ZoomaRun CapeCod race date is Saturday September 26, 2015

15% off through FitFluential Here

{Sponsored by ZOOMA. Get 15% off of all 2015 races through 6/15 when you use code FITFLUENTIAL!}

Have you ever run a ZoomaRun race? Any tips or suggestions on improving the race experience? 

3 Replies to “ZoomaRun Annapolis: Race Recap and ZOOMANation”

  1. I really liked Zooma last year and was definitely bummed I couldn’t do it this year. I didn’t miss the heat and humidity though!

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