Finished in 24:45(official); no new PR(PR is 22:18)
Overall place: 139/1926
Overall Pace: 7:56/mile
Another great year for the Super 5k Roadrace by Running Fit. The snow the night before made this one of my most difficult 5k's. A beanie, pin, finishers glass and a new medal for the race this year. Organization was excellent. Food was good. Running Fit really did an excellent job with this race and really stepped it up for a 5k.
My registration was completed online but you could also print a form and mail it to Running Fit. Online was simple and you just input your information and credit card and you were good to go. Running Fit also had a specific website that had all the pertinent information on there for any questions you might have had as well as a Facebook page with updates. I love when races have both of these because it's very easy to stay informed on any updates the race organization may have up until the race.
In regards to packet pickup, you had an opportunity to pickup your packet the day before or the morning of the race. Due to a pending storm on Saturday, and the long drive there, we decided to pick up our packets the morning of the race. Since Trieu and I went to this last year, we knew what to expect except for the drive there. We were expecting 6-8 inches of snow in the area and we ended up getting it. Because of this, we left really early. I was at Kevin's house by 6am and Trieu's home by 6:30am for a 9am start! Fortunately, the weather was not as bad as predicted through the night and morning and the roads were in really good shape - at least the main roads.
We ended up getting there just after 7am, a full two hours before the race! Oops! I guess it's better to be early than late. When we got there it was still dark so I took the below picture later on. The event was at the Novi Civic Center like it was last year. A good place for a race especially in the winter. Fortunately, we were not the only people who were really early so we didn't feel like complete idiots. Haha!
|Novi Civic Center|
|Volunteers to check in|
Since we had more than enough time to sit around, we looked around the start area and relaxed until it was time to race. Running Fit had a table with the map of the course and parking area as well as brochures on some of their other upcoming races.
|Nice and warm inside|
|Course Map and Start area maps|
|Other race offerings|
|Party Zone - pre-party with Kevin and Trieu|
|Lot's of runners!|
|Heading to the start|
|Start line area|
|Runners ahead of me|
|Runners behind me|
Since I ran the course last year, I somewhat knew what to expect but there were a few small hills that I didn't remember. I started off fairly strong but the main road, Taft, was fairly clear and we did have some sort of traction on it. When we got into the subdivision, you can see that my speed clearly slowed due to all the snow in the sub. There was not much traction and I even wore trail shoes. Overall, I'm still fairly happy with this race considering it was probably one of my toughest 5k's that I've done with the poor traction.
|Map, splits, elevation per Strava|
As you can see below, the roads, while a little slippery, were not really snow covered so you could get a little bit of traction especially if you had trail shoes on. Some runners wore Yak Trax and spikes and while I have both, I didn't think I was going to need them. Wrong!
|Turn right away|
|Slush on roads but not bad|
The Novi police were out with the main road closed and while this was not a closed course in the subdivision, there were no residents that I saw trying to get out of the subdivison. It was a very safe course as long as you didn't slip on the snow.
|Into the subdivision|
|Lots of snow still|
|Really difficult running|
|Lots of volunteers helping|
|A little bit with hills|
|Running and shoveling - they don't go together|
|Heading out of the subdivision|
|Back to the finish|
|One more turn|
Finally, after four 5k's this winter, Running Fit was the only company that stepped up and had an aid station at the halfway point. As I've said, it's not a necessity for a 5k to have one, and I didn't use it, but it is much appreciated by many runners/walkers. Those volunteers must have been really cold out there and they were great to be out there helping us.
After you finished, there were volunteers there keeping the traffic of runners moving, a volunteer gave you a water bottle, another gave you a finishers glass and another gave you your medal. The process worked very smoothly and there was even room for spectators on the sidewalks to wait for their runner.
|Keeping things flowing|
|Time to party!|
|Lots of food|
|Six lines to keep it moving fast|
After we got our food, we were checking results on our phone with a QR code reader. The race supplied a QR on some sheets and then we listened to some of the age group awards as we ate our food. Unfortunately, none of the three of us won. This race had some strong competition!
The race had four girls dressed in St. Pauli Girl type outfits giving out the age group awards. I'm not sure the connection with Super Bowl Sunday but, hey, who was I to complain? Haha!
|St. Pauli girls giving away AG awards - sounds good.|
I registered for the race before prices increased so my total cost was $34 + $2.50 processing fee online($36.50 total). While some may say that is expensive for a 5k, for everything you received, I think the value of this was incredible and still wonder how they could even keep the race cost this reasonable.
You received a chip timed course that was partially closed with one aid station. It included a nice tech race beanie from Leslie Jordan, a Running Fit Super 5k pin, a finishers glass and a very nice medal and some great post race food with an awesome Super Bowl theme.
|Finishers Glass - same as last year(no I didn't take two)|
|Button - same as last year|
|New medal - very nice!|
|Medal close up - excellent design|
The organization was excellent. The communication was great with a very clear website and Facebook page. They gave you e-mail reminders/information about the race as well. There was no reason any runner would not know what was going on. The parking was easy and had volunteers there to direct you. The packet pickup was very organized and easy to get the day of the race. The venue is nice as you can stay inside until just before the race start. It would have been nice to see the sidewalks shoveled between the packet pickup and the start area but other than this issue, I thought everything went off very well. The course was clearly marked and had plenty of volunteers. They made several announcements prior to the start. It was a little difficult to hear the person calling off age group awards but you could also check it on your phone so you would know if you placed in your group or not. I would expect nothing less from Running Fit as they have been doing races for years and continue to get better each year.
Overall, this was a really fun, well organized, Super 5k. I think that Running Fit really stepped it up this year and went well above what many 5k races do for it's runners. They clearly have shown that they want to continue being a major player when it comes to offering superior races and this was a fantastic start to their races in the Detroit area for 2014. I'm currently signed up for four additional races this year with them including the Trail Marathon half in April, the Hightail to Ale 5k in May, the Running Between the Vines half in August and the Scrumpy Skedaddle 10k in October and I can't wait to run each of them. I would absolutely consider putting this race on my list for future years and, if you have not run it, it's one you should consider running too.
|Success! Race #3 for 2014|
Note: I was not paid or compensated in any way for this race review. All opinions are my own.