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On December 20th, I ran the 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon. It was my 4th year running the race. While this race is quite hilly for Florida runners, I really do enjoy doing it every year. It’s such a great race to end the year on.
This year was a bit different due to the whole covid pandemic, so we had to wear masks before and after the race, as well as maintain social distancing. While that isn’t fun, I was happy to get to run another in-person race and see some friends. Safety needs to come first.
On race morning, I arrived and immediately spotted some runner friends. Talked with them for a bit, then I went over to meet up with my fellow BibRavePros who were also running the race. We chatted for a little while, took a few pictures and then headed off to get to the race starting area.
The race released us in waves, to help with social distancing on the course. It didn’t take long through before we were off and running. One of my fellow Orlando Galloway friends was also running the race, so we decided to enjoy the race and run together.
I felt a bit winded the first half mile or so, but I think I just went out too fast. It wasn’t long before I got into a good pace groove though and was able to enjoy the scenery and race route. Mount Dora is really a great place to run, and despite the toughness of the hills at times, I do like running it.
I had gotten a new handheld camera before the race (an Akaso Brave 7 LE), so I ran with it. Helped me really capture the route well. You can check out my race video on my YouTube channel. If you are a fan of YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. (You can check out the video below)
The Mount Dora Half Marathon is a race I highly recommend running if you are local or want to travel down to Central Florida in December. They put on a great event, and the medal is always a fun one. This year, Rudolph had a mask on! So fitting with the pandemic! And, you get FREE race photos, which is always a plus! I hope you will join me and run the race in 2021!