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Rock n Roll Nice 10 Miles du Carnaval Recap

Posted Feb 27 2013 5:00pm

A week before Valentines Day my husband surprised me with the most exciting news… we were going to run Rock n Roll Nice 10 Miles du Carnaval.

I was excited. In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have imagined that we were going to be flying halfway across the world to run a race in one of the most beautiful places.

After a 7 hour flight from the US to Switzerland, we boarded a plane taking us over the Alps and into France. After this beautiful flight, we landed in Nice!

The flight was beautiful!

After we arrived we settled into our hotel room and then made our way to the Rock ‘n’ Roll expo, which was located right next to the famous flower market. The expo was relatively small compared to other RnR expos. One of the only downsides to the whole experience was that there wasn’t an English speaking volunteer available to help us. We had problems with our registration, so the language barrier made signing in extremely difficult.

RnR Expo

RnR Expo

After getting all our registration problems ironed out, we headed to dinner to get some carb loading in. This was probably the best pre-race meal I have had EVER! Fresh seafood and rice pilaf…. TO DIE FOR!!

Pre race meal!

Pre race meal!

Once finished with dinner we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our upcoming race.

Flat Runner

Flat Runner

Could I be running a more beautiful race course…. Ummm, I don’t think so! The whole race was along the Promenade Des Anglais.

Race map

Race map

The morning of the race we realized that the temp dropped about 15 degrees compared to the day before. Runners were huddling in corners of buildings waiting for the race to start.

It was freezing!

It was freezing!

But the weather didn’t deter the runners. When it came time to start, we were ready for the most amazing 10 mile course!

Start of the race

Start of the race

Some runners were dressed to impress. These guys actually played their instruments while running… it was running talent at its best!

These guys played while they ran

These guys played while they ran

Once the race started, in typical RnR fashion, there was on course entertainment. Mostly bands and two DJ’s.

On course entertainment

On course entertainment

Truthfully, RnR could have gotten away with no on course entertainment since the course was beyond beautiful and it was entertainment enough to watch everyone run by dressed in their Carnaval costumes.

Everyone dresses up for a Carnaval Race!

Everyone dresses up for a Carnaval Race!

The atmosphere was full of excitement from the previous day of Carnaval fun.

Streamers in the trees from Carnaval

Streamers in the trees from Carnaval

Here are some of my favorite photo highlights from the 10 miles along the Promenade.

View of course mile 6.5

View of course mile 6.5

View of course mile 6

View of course mile 6

View of course mile 8

View of course mile 8

View of course mile 8

View of course mile 8

View of course mile 8.5

View of course mile 8.5

 

View of course mile 7.5

View of course mile 7.5

View of the course at mile 09

View of the course at mile 9

Hitting the 10 miles seemed relatively easy. I actually found myself feeling somewhat sad that the race was over. I really wanted to continue running. But the finish was just as fun as the actual course.

Finishers medal and Carnaval

Finishers medal and Carnaval

Finishers medal

Finishers medal

The post race food was AWESOME! Nothing like cake, oranges, and soda!

Post race drinks

Post race drinks

Post race snacks

Post race snacks

I never thought these words would be typed by my Disney loving fingers… but Rock ‘n’ Roll Nice 10 Miles du Carnaval ties as number one (with Disney Marathon Weekend) for my favorite race experience. The combination of beauty, amazing runners, fun atmosphere, and great on course snacks & entertainment ranks this race at the top of my list.  It wasn’t a huge race, which allowed for elbow space. There were even runners with strollers (which didn’t get in the way)! Rock ‘n’ Roll Nice is a race I would recommend in a heartbeat!

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