The Aquarium of the Pacific 5k was held the day before the half, marathon and bike tour, Saturday, October 10, 2015. I ran the 5k last in 2008 and 2005, when it was still the Bubba Gump Shrimp 5k and it was on Sunday.
I was excited to run this race as an ambassador the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon and to make it a double-header weekend, 5k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday.
I was super excited that my sister wanted to run this 5k, too! We sported our INKnBURN Angel Fish and Trigger tech shirts that are fishie inspired!
Race announcer, Rudy Novotny, kicked off the race!
We ran the parts of the half marathon/marathon course but going in the opposite direction. We ran to the lighthouse.
We could see the Queen Mary across the water.
We ran over the bridge. We also run over this bridge on the half/full course.
I got a few action shots on the bridge!
Running down the bridge is the best!
Even better, we got to run through the Aquarium of the Pacific and see some of the residents!
Wayne found a new friend!
We got to run inside the aquarium, too!
I saw jelly fish!
It was super fun running inside the aquarium. It was a quick trip inside but it was super fun! The course was just a little long at 3.2 miles but it was worth going inside the aquarium.
We got awesome medals at the finish!
We hung around at the finish line area and saw many running friends!
Afterward, we explored the finish line festival and got some goodies.
We loved dressing up for the run and lot of shout outs! Wayne’s shark hat was especially awesome!
Logistically, the race was easy. We parked at The Pike and it was a close walk to the start. Everything was easy to find and the festival at the finish was great!
We decided to celebrate at one of our favorite breakfast places, The Omelette and Waffle Shop, as it’s just a drive over the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
I highly recommend this race! It’s well organized and a lot of fun! We took it easy since it was warm and we have to run the next day, too. The course is well designed with pretty views of Long Beach. There’s a Kids’ Run after the 5k, too and it’s free! This really is a great family event and you can take it easy if you’re also running on Sunday.
There may be many 5k fish in the sea but this surely one you can’t miss! 😉 See you next year!
Your path, your pace, Tam