Well I am back from a ten day family vacation and have time to blog again. For my first blog post-vacation I am writing about one of the coolest running experiences I had in San Antonio. It was not about setting a new PR or winning a medal, but truly all about the experience. That is exactly what I got when my oldest daughter and I signed up for the River City Run tour and ran Sunday 7/24/16.
My wife signed us up on the River City Run website the night before. It was as easy as signing up for any race. You fill out your information, including shirt size, pay and you are all set for a great price of $30 per runner. The shirts are pretty nice too and made of a very nice tech fabric, and have a really cool logo on the front.
My daughter and I took Lyft to get downtown from where we were staying with family. My wife found a code for $5 off your first 10 rides. (use the link above to get the same deal) Our driver was really nice and took us right up to the Alamo so we didn’t have to bother with parking. We were really excited and arrived in downtown San Antonio early. The instructions were to arrive at 7:45am but we got dropped off around 7:15. This gave us time to check out the Alamo which is where we were to meet our guides. You can visit the Alamo after the run when it opens. There is no cost to enter the Alamo. So it was just the two of us and a ranger until gradually some people in running attire showed up. We also took a few minutes to check out the Pokémon Go spots to hit after our run.
Our first guide came over and introduced herself. She had come from a workout already and was clearly a runner. You do not need to be a speedster to join the tour. You just need to run at around a 9-10 minute mile (and remember you get breaks). The longest stretch you run is about a half mile without stopping. Kelly our other guide arrived and we were ready to head out. The entire run (with stops) is roughly 5k.
One guide took the lead while the other stayed at the back of the pack to ensure no one got lost. The stops were frequent and always at really cool places in San Antonio. For example the first stop was the Manger Hotel. Besides being famous for it’s mango ice cream it also has a rich history included being haunted. The guides had so much information on each stop I truly felt they were not just there to run and pass by historical places, but were just as interested in giving us a plethora of information on each stop. This was their city and they were going to show not only their vast knowledge but pride in the city as well.
There were about fifteen places along the way where we stopped and the guides welcomed any questions we had. The guides also took plenty of pictures including a couple group photos. That was a great feature as many times when I or my daughter are racing we rarely have any pictures taken of us.
The only negative of the trip is not actually a negative. It goes really fast even though from the time we met our guides to the end of the trip was just shy of an hour and a half. My daughter and I were both equally sad to see the tour winding down. They gave us our shirts at the end so it was nice to not have to run while holding a shirt, and the guides also offered us water if we ran out along the tour.
This was hands down the coolest run I have been on. It is a great way to see a city while getting in a nice low key run. There are other cities that have these types of runs and I encourage you to try them out. I know my daughter and I will be running this again.
You can check River City Run out here and get some more information. https://rivercityrunsa.com/