10. Race is accessible to two airports (Norfolk and Richmond) and only a 2.5 hour drive from Washington D.C. It took me a full day and a half but I had to take numerous drives, a ferry, a plane and include an over night stay - I saved over $500 that way though so not complaining!
9. College of William and Mary. I have learnt that here in the USA that people are very connected to their college. Here in Williamsburg the College of William and Mary as prestigious as it is beautiful. T2 is right in the middle of the college and we run through it - very cool.
8. Good Shopping. Ok this may be a little high on the rankings but when I saw that Williamsburg, a town of only 15,000 had a Trader Joes, I, like any foodie Canadian would, got excited. Who wouldn't when you can get dark chocolate nutty bits to consume while preparing to race!
7. Williamsburg is steeped in history. For anyone even remotely interested in America's history, Colonial Williamsburg is a place to see. You can visit the reconstructed colonial town or head out to Jamestown (the swim start!). We also ride the roads that have memorial plaques of places or people.
6. Pinto Chiropractor Care. Another one that may be specific to me but let me tell you that I was VERY grateful to Dr. Pinto who fixed my back. It was just a wee bit out of alignment and he got me sorted! So it in Williamsburg and you need to access great care - they have it! See Dr. Pinto in New Town.
5. Recovery Boots. When you are preparing for or completing a race you got to get into recovery boots that happen to be at the Rev3 Expo. They are the bomb for starting back on the road to recovery. And no I am not sponsored by Normatec or Recovery Pump. Yet.
4. Sean English - Announcer extraordinaire. If you look in a dictionary for energy - it's Sean's face you see. He loves his job, loves Rev3 and the team and when you cross the line I think Sean is just as happy as you are. It is a wonderful welcome after a long day racing! He definitely is a guy that will bring a smile to your face.
3. The People of Williamsburg. My homestay rocks - creme brulee french toast this morning with fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas. Really? Ok so not all of you can stay at Tricia's house, my homestay, but I think that she is probably pretty representative of the awesome people who make up this town. From the triathletes I have met at the pool to those at the expo and around town, there is always a super nice hello and friendly smile.
2. Amazing route choice and perfect signage. I have done A LOT of races across North America and beyond and I can honestly say that this is a beautiful course with perfect small rural roads and at times super fast but still scenic two lane highway. And you can't get lost with the infamous coloured taping job that Rev3 does. By far the BEST signing around!
The top reason to race in Williamsburg is because it is put on by REV3. I am a huge fan of Rev3 ever since Rev3 Anderson and my experiences there. They put on races that mean something to the community and are about community. I asked my homestay what was special about this race in comparison to others they have done and they said - it's so PRO! From the organization, the expo, the things to do around the race, the finish line, the placard with YOUR name, they have thought of it all.... and who else does this!
Looking forward to racing tomorrow! See you on the other side!
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