The plan was to go to the race and take pictures and to make a video.I woke up at 4:15 and gave the alarm an arrogant smile, because I slept at 10:30 and I was confident that I’d be up early. So I turned off the alarm and then opened my eyes and it was 6:15 am. I jumped right out of the floor ( that is where I sleep ) and rushed to get ready. I had this feeling inside that I should go out and race this but I didn’t sign up for it. Oh, well I’ll race without a bib and a chip.
So I arrived at 6:45 and the race starts at 7, you could feel the heat starting to get to you already. I get in the crowd, smile at everyone and get right in the middle of the starting line and off we go.
So it’s a 2 loop running race ( 5k each between two bridges), it’s a great location with a great view, but who’s really looking at the view when you’re running really? You just want to get it over with. The first loop I took it very easy and actually tried to enjoy the view, then on the 2nd loop I stepped on it a little bit and kept going a tiny bit faster till the 8km point and then I was hurting. I looked for company to stick too and I did, it made the run more bearable and helped me keep the pace. That’s a runners selfish act, and it seemed like the guy setting the pace wasn’t pleased to have me there but I stuck with him till the end. Finished in 51 minutes. Man, I remember 2 years ago I literally led this race. Now I’m just shamefully just trying to keep up with the middle pack. I did it in 51 minutes and that’s slow for me. That’s what you get when you run from event to event only.
I head to the shaded area to get some water and get my picture taken by a volunteer who’s part of the committee and I then reveal that I didn’t have a chip and wasn’t registered. She asked me if I took water, and then accused me of stealing from the committee. Which was a little too much for me to handle after a hot 10k, so I backfired and told her how I just took 2 bottles and try to give a good reason. She then told me that I was literally stealing from charity, at least that’s the link that she made.It was definitely a hot day for everybody there and not just the runners.
I then walked out of the shaded tent to see all the visitors that have come along with the runners drinking out of the aid stations and not being held accountable for the water they were stealing with the help of the committee. So I walked over to the president of the committee and apologized for taking 3 bottles of water. He said it was fine and didn’t ask to have me taken away. I ended up talking to another member of the committee, and asked about a little more info about the organization so I could mention how its run in my post and told her what happened. I then also got a mouthful of how wrong it was to do what I did. I then realized that I do get under people’s skin and that my little incident is definitely going to bring up a lot of fresh new ideas to their table when they discuss rules etc. I have a funny feeling that I’d be brought in as a shining example and how to avoid such catastrophe from happening again. But I think it was good overall for the committee to have someone come forward and say “hey, I ran without registering” It may help them be more vigilant of such runners.
After all that I went to get some fruit.
Overall it was a great organized race in a beautiful location ( Muharraq bridges) and here’s a little about this great organization: They’re a non profit committee that organize great running, swimming and triathlon events. They always choose great venues and really put their souls into making a great and fair experience for everyone out there ( as you’ve read ) and I encourage you all ( If living or passing by Bahrain) to check out their website here. And follow them on Facebook and instagram just search for Bahrain road runners. Their next event is a woman and kids fun run so make sure to sign up and get off the couch.