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Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

The hubs and I are officially Southern now—we visited Talladega! Zack ran the Talladega 21000 Half with his company, so I got the opportunity to be his cheerleader and work an aid station.

Before I give you my version of the grand tour, props to the hubs for running a great race! He ran a 1:50 and change—seconds off his PR—without much training and zero speed work. Boys. *Sigh*

I know that we didn’t get the full crazy/fun/trashy/rednecky Dega experience since it wasn’t actually race weekend, but it was still amazing to see everything in person without being crushed by hoards of drunk people. The place is huge! The grounds, the RV lots, the grandstand, the track. I can see how the entire area turns into one big party.

Want to experience Dega for yourself? Come along for the ride!

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Welcome to the NASCAR mecca! So I’m told.

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Proud sponsor

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Hanging out on the steep track – I felt like I could go sledding down it

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

And they’re off! Fun fact – if I had run a good race, I would have placed top 3 in my AG

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Scoreboard thing that counts the millions of laps the cars do. It was tall and impressive.

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

I ran 3 miles to have my own Dega fun

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

How do the cars not fall?! And squint closely and you’ll see Zack as an ant runner

 Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Ran this tunnel – it was roller coaster-meets-the set of IT. Come out Pennywise…

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Camping World – another genius sponsor

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Now for the volunteer part – Men. Use lube. Or nip guards. Bloody nipples hurt me as much as they hurt you. Probably more.

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Helping other runners and hearing them thank you is just as much fun as running

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Electrolyte central

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

I broke all of my rules and wore a volunteer shirt longer than my shorts. I felt like I was back at college.

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Mile 13 – I may have screamed at him to run faster and stop being a wimp. Tough love y’all.

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

My tired pumpkin

Talladega 21000 Half Marathon, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama, running, race report, Talladega Nights

Loving the medal!

Have you seen Talladega Nights? Does the track look like the set? I think I have seen it before, but I’m not a big movie buff or Will Ferrell fan so I erased it from my mind.