The Pleasure Island Half Marathon is coming up on Nov. 8 and for many it will be their first half marathon. I ran it last year for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It’s actually one of the more scenic half marathons that I’ve run. I decided to make a list of my 13.1 must know tips for running the Pleasure Island half Marathon.

1.  Prepare your clothing the night before

Lay out your clothing, bib, socks, energy gels, and shoes the night before your race to make sure you’re all set for race day. Bonus: Take a picture of it and post it on your social networks.

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2.  Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Start upping your fluid intake a few days before the race so that you’ll be well hydrated by race day.

3.  Arrive at the race early

I’d say get there about 45 minutes to an hour before the race. It starts at 7:30 am and you’ll want to have enough time to get yourself ready and use the restrooms.

4.  Bring mosquito repellant

Pleasure Island is also known by locals as “Mosquito Island” and they can be pretty bad during the 45 minute wait before the race.

5.  Sunscreen it up

You’ll be out there for 13.1 miles so protect your skin with some sunblock, spf 30 and above.


6.  Run the race at your own pace

It’s easy to get caught up with all the excitement at the start of the race and then find yourself running those first few miles at a pace that is too fast for yourself thus suffering during your latter miles. To try to prevent starting out too fast, try lining up with runners or walkers that are a similar pace to you. Speedies in the front and walkers towards the back.

7.  Don’t try anything new on race day

This is not the time to bring out your new shiny shoes or running clothing for their inaugural run or go and try the new breakfast menu at Taco Bell. Stick to the routine that you’ve been doing so you won’t have any unexpected surprises on race day.

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8.  Band aids and/or body glide

Bloody nipples and inner thigh chaffing… enough said.

9.  Respect the bridge

The MLK bridge is a mile long and can be a real challenge for us Southeast Texans used to running roads with zero elevation. I’ve seen and heard of many a runner who took the bridge too hard and suffered the rest of their race because of it.

Some additional tips for running the bridge from the Run Addicts Blog:

“Keep your core muscles tight and hold your head up, allowing your shoulders to go back and your chest to remain upward.

Your body may try to roll forward when going up the hills and slightly backward when going down the hills. You should correct this and keep your body as upright as possible.

It is more efficient to shorten the stride going up the hill then allow speed to build as you go down the hill. You should still keep the stride shorter until you have finished your descent.”



10.  Take in the scenery 

It really is a beautiful course from the view from the bridge, the Sabine lake, the boardwalk, and all the other scenic views that you’ll see. Try to take in some of the scenery as you run your 13.1 miles.

11.  Thank a volunteer!

You’ll love seeing the volunteers at all the water stops. The race wouldn’t be possible without them and they take their time to be out there to support you, so try to thank them as you grab that water/gatorade from their hand.

12.  Cheer on your fellow runner

When racing at Pleasure Island there won’t be many spectators so if you see another runner struggling go up to them and cheer them on. It really does help!

13.  Finish Strong

No matter how tired I am, I always like to give it my all at the finish line. It’s an adrenaline rush and you get to look like a crazy person while trying to cross the finish line.

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13.1. Have fun!!!

It’s the weekend and you’re at a place called Pleasure Island so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have a great time during your race!


If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time and can even sign up on race day. This is a great local race and it’s always great to support our local races so there can be more of them for many years to come. You can register here: https://www.athletepath.com/pleasure-island-bridge-half-marathon-10k-2-miler/2014-11-08

Join the Golden Triangle Strutters for a run every Monday and Wednesday at 6 pm. It’s free to join and you can meet other friendly runners and walkers in the community. Get active!

Good luck to everyone running the Pleasure Island Half Marathon, 10k, and 2 mile run. I wish you all PR’s and of course HAPPY RUNNING!

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by GTSTRUTTER on October 25, 2014

The GTS trick or beer run went well! Did you miss it? Make sure to follow the GTS page on this site and on facebook to keep up to date of all our events.

Here’s the footage from last night! Enjoy!


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