Finished in 23:48(Official chip time) 7:41 pace; No PR
Overall place: 83/950(top 10% - yeah me!)
Age Group(M40-44): 5/44
A fun race. A cold race. Actually the coldest race I've ever run before. It seemed fitting give this was the coldest week I've ever run in as well. The race was well organized, friendly volunteers, lots of people, and great finish line food. A great race to start off the year. Thanks to Renewal by Andersen of Detroit who sponsored me for this race! Check them out on Facebook(here) for your chance to win a race entry.
Since I was sponsored by Renewal by Andersen of Detroit, I did not have to register but you had two choices. You could register by printing out a form and mailing it in or you could register online. I noticed that the website and the registration was done by Hughesware Computer Services, a local company that seems to be doing more and more for local races in the area. They did an excellent job on the website and online registration. It looks similar to some other race sites they have done and they are very user friendly. I happen to know one of the owners of Hughesware and they have done a great job supporting the running community.
Packet pickup could not have been more convenient. There was a packet pickup the Thursday before the race at one of the sponsors locations, HealthQuest, located at 22 mile & Hayes which is just around the corner from me so it worked out great. There were plenty of volunteers there helping and I was in and out in less than two minutes. They were quite organized. There was also an option to pick up your packet race morning which was also very easy considering the packet pickup was right next to where you parked. You could easily pick it up that morning and put everything in your car(shirt, etc)
The race started at 11am. It's a first for me to start a race this late in the morning. It was really strange to be able to sleep in and then go to the race. In addition, the race was nice and close so I didn't leave my home until 9:45am. I will say it was nice not to have to get up at 4:30 or 5am to get across town but I probably would have liked to see a 9am start time.
As soon as you got to the race, which was located in Stony Creek Metropark at Eastwood beach, there was an information booth. A great idea! Not that it was hard to find anything but if you had questions, they were right there for you. This is also where you could find your race results after the race as well as where race volunteers checked in.
|Information/race results(warming tent behind)|
|Warming tents - a savior!|
|Lines for the bathroom|
|Brandon and the Renewal by Andersen Race team|
|The ladies of Detroit Runner.....I kid!|
Sherri, Alexis, ?, Dawn, ?
Sorry ladies - I forgot two of your names
The course was located in Stony Creek Metropark in Eastwood beach. This is the park where I do all my long runs in the winter and also run many times throughout the year. It's my stomping grounds and I'm very familiar with the park and the course we raced today. The course is a simple out and back course that goes out on the road and comes back on the trail. For those of you concerned with snow, you don't need to worry about it since the park does a great job clearing the roads and running path.
|A bit slow at first due to the crowd|
|Map of race per Garmin|
|Elevation per Garmin|
|On your mark, get set....|
|Waiting to race!|
|A little less crowded|
|The coldest section of the race - windy!!!|
|Road by the bridge|
|Coming up to the turn around|
|On the running path|
|Running next to the lake|
|Almost there! Slight hill|
|Finish line - my Running Buddy Kevin in red finishing|
There was one aid station at just over mile two. A couple really brave volunteers sticking it out for us runners. Wow - now that is a committed volunteer for sure! Hats off to them. They only had the one station since it was just a 5k race. I realize that most 5k's probably have two stations but can certainly understand things are a little different when you are talking these extreme temperatures.
|The aid station - sorry for the blurriness - I was racing after all.|
The finish area was also well organized. The first stop for me was the soup station. The race had two different kinds of soup available to try and they were delicious! It's a great idea to have hot soup at the finish with these temperatures.
|Heaters and food line|
Included with your race packet, you got a bag for your shirt to go in that was given by a sponsor. You also received a long sleeve tech shirt. I like the design and its grey which is a color I don't have so it will be a nice addition to my collection. In addition, the park police closed part of the streets and the race was timed with a B-Tag style bib. This along with the great finish food. If you were lucky enough to place first or second in your age group, you could have received a medal too. One minor thing that I thought was odd was that they did not have a medal for the top three in the age group like most other races.
|Bag from sponsor|
|Front of shirt|
|Back of shirt|
|Renewal By Andersen Buff|
|You can make the Buff a beanie|
or act like you're an old lady - haha!
The race was well organized. The layout of the start/finish area was great and well thought out for a winter race. The volunteers were helpful. The course was well marked with volunteers to help. There were plenty of signs to get you there if you had not been in the park before.
Overall this is a race that I would certainly do again. You could tell the race organization has put this together before and their experience shined throughout the entire race process. It's also a great price. It's a bonus that the race is close to home(for me) as well as an opportunity to start your year off with a race in January. This is the first race I've ever run in January. Thanks again to Brandon and Renewal by Andersen of Detroit for allowing me to race with your team again and so I could Freeze my Franny!
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!