Wow. Last year the annual Wharf to Wharf Race didn't sell out until June. Thursday at 1 p.m., Race Director Kirby Nicol announced that all 15,000 spots have been taken. Now in its 39th year, the race obviously is more popular than ever.
Of course, social media boosted sales. This year, the Wharf to Wharf has its own Facebook page, and everytime a reminder got posted on the site another group of people signed up.
There will certainly be some disappointed folks who won't be given a bib number this year. The Wharf to Wharf Race -- slated for July 24 -- will also feature something new this year -- chip timing. So when a runner crosses the finish line, his or her race time will be recorded. Of course, with 15,000 runners, that official time still has to be adjusted, because sometimes it takes 10 minutes for runners in the back to even get up to the starting line -- and the timing begins with the gun.
But for most of the 15,000 runners, the official time is of secondary importance.