Finished 5k in 28:07(official time); no new PR
Overall place: 109/391
Men 45-49: 14/30
My last race for the year! It's one I've done before. It's a free race with timing and goodies at the end including free giveaways put on by Runnin' Gear and Rotpac Racing. How awesome is that? It's a bonus it's on trails too. I ran a personal worst since I ran a nine mile training run prior to the race. The effort was hard but the results are slow. Make sure you do this race if they do it again next year. It's better than some paid races I've run.
Registration was just e-mailing the company your information and you were in the race. That simple.
The race was at Independence Oaks Park so my buddy, Dave and I headed over at 8am to get in some trail miles before the race started. Wow is this area hilly. I ran the race last year and the race itself is not as hilly as the hills we faced before the race. This is a great area to do some hill training.
|Twin Chimney building|
The race had some homemade goodies to eat for after the race. How nice is that given this is a free race?
|Goodies for after|
|Shirts were optional - $15|
|Trail by the lake|
|Runners staying warm|
The course is a loop course with some wide track, single track and double track. It's a very nice area to run. It was pretty brisk this morning. You can see the Map below. I recorded the race on the Bryton Amis S430 GPS watch that I'm testing and will have a complete review of it next week. The watch shows it recorded 3.11 miles - a great job on the part of the race management. The watch has always been quite accurate when it comes to distance for the past month or so I've been using it.
|Map per Bryton Amis S430|
|Splits/elevation per Bryton|
We all headed out to the start line at 10am which was very informal and there was no timing mat to go over at the start. They just said go and we were off. The first part of the course is located on asphalt trails.
|Start on pavement|
|Then onto trails|
|Heading to hills|
|Nice run by the lake|
|Into the middle|
|The biggest hill!|
|The hill was still coming|
|Down we go|
|Onto single track|
|Back to wide trails|
|More of the lake|
|Back to pavement|
No aid stations on course
The finish area was back at the twin chimney building right next to the finish line. The race had some baked goods, granola bars, water, coffee and hot chocolate. It was very generous of Runnin' Gear and Rotpac Racing to do this for the local runners.
|Runners waiting for prizes|
Of course, because it was a free race, there was nothing included with signing up, however, they gave away some great running merchandise. They had five huge boxes of running stuff to give away and they basically threw it out into the crowd for people to get. For shoes, they asked that you pass them on if they didn't fit you. It was fun to see everyone trying to get free stuff.
|Freebies given away|
|Free pair of Adidas shoes in my size!|
Just like last year, this was very well organized. They could have charged for this and people would have come so it was a bonus that this was actually a free race. Great timing, course was well marked, volunteers were helpful. Very well done!
Overall, I'd love to run this one again. Free is awesome and the trails are really nice. It's one to put on your list for next year and seems to grow each year. I hope they keep doing it every year. It's nice to do a free, no pressure 5k.
Disclosure: This was a free race. All opinions are my own.