Finished 5 mile in 40:23(official time); new PR due to new race distance
Overall place: 11/43
Overall men: 11/28
Men 40-49: 2/5
The 5k race also had 79 runners
A nice small local race on the cross country route at Bloomer Park in Rochester. It's nice once in awhile to go to a small race and not fight the crowd. Not huge support or bling but for $25, it's a well organized and fun race for a good charity. It's a bonus that it's also on the trails and only 20 minutes from home. I was lucky enough to place second in my age group which was exciting(although the two guys who won overall and masters overall were in my age group)
Registration was through Active so it was all done online. You could also just register for the race that morning if you wanted. I registered a few days before the race for only $25 and could have gotten this for $20 if I registered sooner. Race day cost was $30. Very reasonable.
My buddy and I got there about 8:30am with a 9am start. I enjoy running smaller races and it's a bonus this one is 20 minutes from home and it was not necessary to get up at 4am to go to it. The race just used the park bathrooms which was adequate for the people at the race.
|Put on by the Rochester Area Optimist Club|
|Bib numbers, packet pickup|
It was a very informal start. The runners lined up to run. The race did a couple announcements about the course and for the first ever time in a race, we did the pledge of allegiance. I remembered it all too! Haha!
|Announcements by Mayor Bryan Barnett|
I had no goals for the race given its near the end of racing season so I just did what I could to run fast. I was not expecting the time I finished in especially given this being on trails and grass. I was very happy with my finish time and that I was able to place second in my age group of men 40-49. While there were some hills, it was not crazy hilly and made for a very fast course.
|Map, splits, elevation|
|Ready to go!|
|Nice cross country course|
|Follow the white line|
|Grassy parts too|
|Mile 1 sign|
|Heading to additional 2 miles(if you did 5 mile vs. 5k)|
|Trails(my buddy on the way out)|
|Lots of leaves|
There was one aid station that runners ran past twice and there was also an aid station out for the five milers. The volunteers did a great job and they had water ready for everyone as we passed.
In the pavilion, the race had several choices to eat including bagels, apples and bananas. They also had cider and coffee too.
|Bagels/apples/bananas and cider|
|Both won AG awards!|
|Kevin and I after the race|
For your race entry fee, you received a chip timed, measured course. You also received a cotton long sleeve shirt. I like that the shirt is not white and the logo on it is actually very nice but I rarely wear long sleeve cotton and my daughter wanted it so I gave it up.
|Bibs by Hanson's|
|Age Group medal|
|Back of medal|
The organization was good. I wish the race would update their website as it makes it easier to see what's going on before you sign up. Other than that, registration was easy, the course was measured well, the course was marked well, their aid stations were adequate and the volunteers did a great job. The finish line food was good and plenty of choices.
Overall, I really enjoyed the race. Yes, it's very small and low key but the course was really nice as I love running the trails. It's a great November race to choose and there is still plenty of fast competition to race. While I've run races much faster, this one really was a race for me. I don't think I could have gone much faster than I did. I also think if you are thinking of trying out trail running, this would be the perfect race to start with since the elevation was not crazy and was a very runnable course. This is definitely a race I would do again and I'm happy I added this at the last minute at the suggestion of my running buddy.
Disclosure: I paid for this race with my own funds. All opinions are my own.