What the heck is a “Corral” and why is this the last one???

14 Sep

Definition: A corral is a sectioned area at a race’s starting line, where race participants are grouped according to their expected finishing time. The fastest runners are usually in the first corrals and the slowest runners are in the corrals at the back.

Since we walk our half marathons, it can be assumed that our starting corral will always be at the end.  Hense, “The Last Corral”.  This does not necessarily mean, however, that we will finish last; only that our starting time is almost always guarenteed to be 30 minutes behind the guy at the front wearing bib number 1.

We find that the back of the pack isn’t that bad at all.  Here are our Top 10 things we like about being at the end:

1. More time to take in the excitement of race day.

2. All the free music blaring from the start line speakers to pump you up.

3. It’s a great opportunity to look at all the cool race gear everyone is wearing so you can begin your shopping list for the next race expo.

4. More time to indulge in free bananas, bagels, and bottled water.

5. It’s less crowded at the back!

6. A true athelete can’t stretch enough.

7. This is a great time to double-tie those shoe laces which you forgot about at 4:30 in the morning when you dragged yourself out of bed.

8. If you snoozed your alarm clock one too many times, no worries! You still have plenty of time before your group starts the race.

9. There are plenty of people in front of you to pass who lied about their race finish time.

10. One last chance to visit the port-a-potty! (If you’re worried about that kind of thing.)

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