Wine at the Finish Line. I could probably end this post right here.
The Chardonnay Run is the race that asks, turn down for what?
A few week’s ago, people at the Chardonnay Run sent me information about their first NYC race. I said that I’d be happy to post about it since, I think we can all agree that a race with a wine bar at the end is awesome! Chardonnay also happens to be my favorite white! They generously offered to comp my registration.
I had to do a long run on Saturday, so I decided to run 9 miles during Summer Streets and then finish the run with the 5K. The Chardonnay Run offers the option of 9AM, 9:30AM or 10:00AM start times, which gives you lots of flexibility–and the option to sleep in bit if you like.
I ended up running from Union Square to 72nd Street and back down to Canal before crossing over to the west side highway. As I made my way south on the west side, I saw a lot of activity on Pier 26.
I loved the set up of this race. Everything-registration, startline, expo–was easy to get to, so you could walk around and check things out before and after the race.
I arrived at Pier 26 around 9AM and collected my bib, expo bracelet and t-shirts. It was about then when the first wave took off, the announcer really got everyone pumped and there was great energy in the corral area.
Waves took off every few minutes, which was nice and orderly and kept the course from being too crowded. Here are a few things to know about the run…
Great course: I loved the course up along the Hudson. It was very well marked and there were tons of volunteers cheering you on. It’s sort of an out and back, but you run back closer to the highway rather than the water, so it feels more like a loop and you aren’t running out right next to people coming back, which is great. It was pretty hot for the last mile, so early start times are advisable!
Fun Run: This is really meant to be fun, not competitive. There are fun groups wearing shirts that say “Wine-Ho” and “Yes Way Rose.” There were people that were there to run all out, but I’d say that was the minority as there were plenty of people walking as well. I certainly enjoyed being able to just enjoy the course and felt no pressure whatsoever to kill myself.
Fun Swag: In addition to a great t-shirt, wine and cheese plate, there were also fun food trucks and vendors along the pier.
Price: Register early! Prices get really steep toward race day. D.C. and San Jose are next, so make sure to sign up now! Also, in NYC, bag check cost $5. I was hoping to check my fuel belt, as I felt like an idiot running a 5K wearing one, but I wasn’t going to pay to check it.
All in all, it was a really fun race that was well organized and had a great course. I’d definitely like to run it again with a group of friends.