I had a lot of fun doing the 10k last year but I think the half is much better. It was much less crowded than the 10k and you get to spend a lot more time taking in the views of the ocean. Either way, both distances have amazing spectators, wonderful volunteers, tons of water stops, and a beautiful course.
Unfortunately, the weather this year was a bit of a challenge. Although I was glad to have a breeze to keep me cool, the wind gusts made the last 3 miles tough. I often felt as if I was running diagonally - moving forward across the bridge while leaning into the wind.
Chris was sick and I didn't want to drag the kids out with iffy weather, so I went alone again this year. I left McT around 6:45, got to the parking lot around 7am. Easy peasy! (I take the 8 and then a left on to the 37, just follow the signs for Henza Island.) This year I tested out the Okinawan "bag check system" (aka just leave your stuff in the stadium) and can happily report my back pack with warm up gear and iPod was right where I left it.
This year's pictures can be found on this website http://allsports.jp/ Following the instructions that came in the packet were a little confusing for me, so here's the steps to see your Ayahashi pictures:
1. Go to the website, in the upper left hand corner is a box for the event ID, type 201891 and click the brown button
|Event ID: 201891|
Cannot wait to run the Ayahashi half again next year!