With all due respect to all organizers ... I was not thrilled.
I got to the race too early, as usual. It was 20 something degrees, so quite chilly, but that was not much of a problem as the excitement of the race took over and therefore we didn't feel half as chilly as it really was.
With 8000 plus participants, I expected loud music and a great start line. Well neither happened.
My daughter ran the 5K and the I did the 8K. They started with a 30 minute difference, so she waited with me at the start line. We were talking away and suddenly the gun goes off. Everyone seemed startled and a few of the 8Kers started to run. (Myself included).
It was a tad embarrassing, but I decided to laugh at myself as I had started to run the 1 mile fun run and NOT the 8K. Fortunately I realized this almost immediately as the people around me continued to find it amusing.
As my time to start was nearing, we decided to pay attention to the start gun. However, there was no true announcement. Just a muddled voice over a speaker and suddenly everyone was off.
I will honestly never be in the front with the really fast runners, and I knew this was a fun run, so it's not the competitive edge that I was missing it was the energy of the event that I was trying so desperately to find. But the start was such a low key start, no hype, no excitement = disappointing. When I ran the Girls on the Run 5K a few weeks back, which is not highly competitive race, the vibe and the support were outstanding.
Nonetheless, I had fun, because after the nerves leave you any race is worth it. And having my daughter there ... as they say ... priceless.
I was looking to run the 5 miles in 45 to make up for my poor half Marathon performance. I actually made it in 43.12 I was thrilled. My pace had an 8 in front of it .. A high 8 but yet an 8! (8:49 pace I believe).
The course was nice and a little hilly. I actually really liked it. I kept thinking ... "why did I not do some hills prior to the Half!!!" ... I know ... let go ... Let go ... I am trying.
There were basically no crowds cheering, this I missed. A lot.
I would have loved to run together at least to the 5K junction, however I loved waiting for my daughter and running alongside with her prior to her finish, and the staggered starting time allowed me to do this.
The race was fun, for the course was challenging to the right degree. However I do not think I will repeat it as I did not feel it was well organized. Just my two cents ... a dopo ... J