November 3, 2005 - Run By Numbers
This Saturday is the Santa Barbara Half Marathon. It is the biggest and longest race in town. It’s 13.1 miles of running along the waterfront. The race starts at Leadbetter Beach. The race begins with a two-mile ascent up “Nite Moves Hill” toward the Mesa. There, the course zigzags for two miles through local neighborhoods before heading back down the hill. Just under six miles into the race, runners find themselves back where they started. The next seven miles are made up of a there-and-back loop along the waterfront, continuing on past the Cemetery, and up the hill onto the bike path toward Butterfly Beach.
The run is really a lot of fun if you’re into that sort of thing. But, as you may have figured out, a high propensity of runners in Santa Barbara are Edhat subscribers.
It is probably a spill over personality kind of thing. You must be a little OCD to get yourself out running every day, going further and faster, learning about nutrition, energy drinks, training schedules, and pacing. And, you also must be a little OCD to care about how many palm trees there are on Cabrillo Blvd. or how many bricks in the Mission.
It may be a huge surprise to our non-running subscribers, but there were many people who were able to identify the number 10 we showed for our WWII as the ten-mile marker for the Half Marathon course. As you are probably aware, the second W in WWII stands for WHERE not WHAT. So, just saying that it IS the street marker was not enough to get someone into the biscuit round. The required correct answer was to say that the 10-mile marker is in front of the Cemetery. If you are still alive in the race by mile ten, you pass over the marker at the end of a downhill stretch just before you turn onto Cabrillo for the sprint home.
The ten in the road is not the only mile marker along the route. All the numbers from one to eleven are represented.
That’s correct, there is a four(k) in the road as well. For mile number twelve there is no number, just a line on the curb. There is als no thirteen, but that’s an unlucky number anyway. Besides, if you’re a runner and you make thirteen, the finish line is in sight.
The dedicated staff of edhat.com was pounding the pavement yesterday … or should we say photographing the pavement. We took pictures of all the numbers and put their location on one of our nifty maps. Place your mouse over the icons to see pictures of the numbers. The red dot on the map is not a number at all, but the location of Santa Barbara Running. That is the best place in town to buy running shoes and the place runners go to pick up race packets today and tomorrow.
We went through a lot of work to put together our map. We would appreciate it if you checked it out.
The winners list in yesterday’s contest reads like a who’s who of Santa Barbara Running – JukinJay, Edda Hatte,
Ice, GinaF, Rhuff, Ironscotty, Herb, Sbkah, and Lizzo. There are no age group awards for the Edhat Daily Contest. There is only one prize. The Edhat dog was given the task of choosing. We threw biscuits her way and waited to see which one she ate first. Lizzo’s was the first to go. She wins an Edhat t-shirt – the perfect attire to wear for a 13-mile jog.
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