Finished in 23:41(official time) 7:38 pace; no new PR
Overall place: 86/1472
Overall Men: 67/552
Men 40-49: 11/121
RUNdetroit outdid themselves for the second annual Mustache Dache 5k. This remains my all time favorite 5k. Yes, ever! The race is well organized. The course is my favorite 5k course. There's Atwater beer at the finish and you can't go wrong with that! The race is also a competitive race if you want it to be but walkers are welcome. The post race mustache themed party is so much fun and it's not over crowded. If you have missed doing this race the last couple years, you need to put this on your "must do" list for next year right now. Don't wait to register either because it sells out. I can already tell you I'll be back for next year.
Registration was very simple and done online like most races these days. The race had a website where you could register and answer all your questions.
The race had several options for packet pickup. You could make your way to RUNdetroit's store in Midtown on either Thursday or Friday and get your packet early or you could pick up race day. I always feel that races should offer both to give runners options and three options is more than enough.
I decided to pick up my packet on Thursday. I'm always an early guy and could go race day but I like knowing I've got my packet so I can just show up. RUNdetroit had everything well organized and ready with a list of runners names and bib numbers to get you in and out easily. I went at my lunch hour and was out in a few minutes. Sometimes parking can be a little tricky there but I always seem to get a space on the same street.
|Packet pickup at RUNdetroit|
The race started at 10am which is a nice change of pace. I didn't actually leave my home until 8am and I could have left even later. This meant I didn't need to go to bed really early and I still got 8 hours of sleep. I also like the later start because we are already drinking beer early enough when it's a 10am start. I got a parking spot very close to the front and was able to wait in my car for a little while before going into the start area. It was raining a little but but nothing bad and frankly, I train through all weather anyway, so it really doesn't matter to me.
|Security patrolled, free parking and one block away|
|Mustaches for those that didn't have their own|
|Beer of course|
|Chrysler had an awesome display of cars|
|Gear check/results area|
|Packet pickup race day|
|Inside Atwater Brewery|
|Michelle and Jennifer and I (that's the Chrysler 200 behind us - sweet)|
|Valerie - awesome costume|
|SEMR Facebook running group|
|Justin, race director working hard|
|People in front of me|
|People behind me - you think they are ready to race? ha!|
Given it's near the end of the season, I didn't really have any special goals for the race. The race is a very flat course and a great place to try for a new PR. My speed has not been what it was in past years but I was pretty happy with my results. I ran it last year in 23:25. My age group was pretty competitive as it was a 40-49 age group. I'd like to see the race take this to the typical 5 year age brackets but frankly, even then, my group still is seriously competitive. That said, I would have placed 3rd in the 45-49 age group.
The course itself is my favorite 5k route. I absolutely love everything about this course. It starts in an industrial area with a cool urban feel. It takes you past GM headquarters and around to the water front which, in my opinion, is one of the nicest areas in the City of Detroit. It also takes you through the State park too and back to the industrial area. It's an absolutely gorgeous course.
|Course per Garmin|
One really great sign that I saw was how runners should line up. I think more races should have things like this. No offense to walkers but they should not be at the front of the pack. It seemed that those of us in the front were right where we should be and I felt that everyone overall lined up pretty well.
|This is a great sign that all races should have!|
|Of we go towards the Ren Cen|
|Little wet to start us off|
|Love this course!|
|Still pushing hard|
|You can still see the painted markers on the street from the Detroit Marathon|
|Next to General Motors Headquarters|
|I saw lots of RUNdetroit team out there|
|Lots of police support|
|Love running the waterfront|
|You can see runners still coming|
|Still some signs of fall|
|Detroit is beautiful here!|
|Carousel next to us|
|This is a great fountain in the summer|
|William G. Milliken State Park|
|Going back to the street|
|Plenty of volunteers directing runners|
|Back into the park|
|Freighter going by on the water|
|Coming out of the park|
|More police support|
|The home stretch|
|Back to the industrial area|
This year the race offered a hydration station during the course. I didn't use it but it was nice to see they offered it especially for those that wanted something. The volunteers there did a great job and were ready for the runners as we passed by.
|Nice to see the added aid station|
After you finished, they had volunteers giving out the race medals and this years were a great new design.
|Marcela working the medals - thank you for volunteering!|
|Green bananas - eh|
The brewery was also selling draft beer not only outside in the party area but inside of the brewery. This gave you more options if you chose to have something different or additional.
|Results - bib numbers were here too before the race|
|Crowd having fun!|
|More crowd enjoying the after party|
|Me, melissa and her brother|
|Hit the bell! fun!|
|Pictures at the race|
For your race entry of $33.29(I registered early and online), you received a chip timed, measured course with police support and an aid station on course. You also received free parking that was patrolled by security. You received a custom Mustache Dache race bib with a free beverage ticket.
|Custom bib - oops on the date|
|Retro cotton T-shirt|
|Mustache medal with bottle opener|
|Sweet ribbon too!|
|Free race photos? Yes please!|
|Hats were really cool(and greener than this picture) but not included.|
|Having fun with the mustache and the hat|
You really can tell when a race is organized by runners. In this case, RUNdetroit and they know their stuff. This is one of the most organized races I've been to. The website is clear and has all answers. They had an event set up on Facebook with some information. There were several emails given to runners prior to the race with information. The start and finish area were well planned out for the runners. They had enough port-o-johns. The race was well marked. There were plenty of volunteers. Best of all, you could see that Justin, the race director, was working hard to make sure everything was going smooth. Always a great sign to see that! One minor error I noticed was the race bib had the incorrect date of the race on it. Frankly, I didn't even notice it until someone at SEMR said something online about it. Organization was top notch!
|Justin works hard to keep it organized|
Overall, there is no doubt this will be a race that I do again. It's my favorite 5k race of all time! RUNdetroit does such an amazing job on this race and it's clear that they are looking to make sure the race maintains a high quality of standards for the runners. They could easily quadruple the size if they wanted to given the demand but they are trying to maintain standards to keep the race a high quality event. The course keeps me coming back(even though other event directors have used similar ideas based on this race), the post race party and theme of the race is so much fun and they do give a portion of their proceeds to charity for Movember. It gives me a reason to grow some facial hair once a year. So I'll say it right now - I'll be back next year. You should come too.
|Yeah - the creeper mustache is gone - thankfully - hah!|
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds and all opinions are my own. I did receive a complimentary race hat.