So I awoke up Saturday morning at 4:00 am. to my cell phone's alarm clock. It was another early rise for a half marathon race. This time the race (the Bearathon), was down in Waco, TX. It starts/ends at the campus of Baylor University. The drive to Waco was uneventful. That is until around 20 miles from Waco I start seeing lightning. In total, I saw 4 lightning strikes for the rest of the drive.
As I drove through the campus I see the street gutters filled with about 3 to 4 feet wide water. There seems to be a lot of run off and the gutters are barely handling it. Luckily I found a "crossing" that did not get my feet/shoes soaked.
I headed into the gym (around 7:00) where packet and timing chip pickup, and registration was being held. We were told that the race was not cancelled, to continue registering and picking up your timing chips. Another update was given. This time the race was delayed until 9:00, because of lightning strikes. Again we were told to continue as normal (registering and timing chip pick up).
We were given our final update aound 8:45. The race was cancelled due to "inclement weather". We were told to turn in our timing chips and to pick up our tech shirt and medal. It looks like the announcer misspoke about the medals. After receiving our tech shirts and no medals, some runners inquired further. They were told that there would be no medals handed out. As I and others did not hear a correction announced, I could see why this was confusing to some.