(This is an overdue post.) I got my RGV Triple Race Challenge buckle. Yay! There's was a small expo in Harlingen, where the buckles were distributed.
To qualify for it, a runner had to complete a half-marathon or more at three of the following races: Brownsville Historic Half-Marathon, Harlingen Half-Marathon, Fiesta Marathon, and the McAllen Marathon.
As I had family with me to go pick up the buckle, I had planned to dash in and grab it. That wasn't an option. The organizers would collect names and announce them in batches to present the buckle. While I understand that, I wish I knew, so my family didn't have to wait.
I felt like a bit of a stalker, as I followed the gentleman with the index cards with names closely and stood nearby as he read all the names. Mine was last in that batch.
Aside from making my family wait, I am glad I did stand by and wait. I found myself next to a booth selling a racing skirt I was looking for. I had to guess at the size, since there weren't any dressing rooms. Fortunately, that worked out okay.
There were actually more booths at this small expo than some expos at half-marathons I've been to. Here's hoping they have another.
As for the RGV Triple Race Challenge, the buckle was effective motivation, for me, at least. I wouldn't have signed up for the Brownsville Half-Marathon if it wasn't part of the challenge. And I'm glad I signed up for that run.
Former high school water girl (really) finally running.