Finished in 24:41(official time) 7:57 pace; no new PR
Overall place: 54/503
Overall Men: 42/188
Men 40-49: 16/49
Male Master: 22/114
First race of the year. This was an inaugural event put on by an experienced race director. The course was free of ice and snow. It was a well measured course even with a last minute change in the course due to ice. Well organized race and a fun time.
The race had several options for packet pickup including pickup on Thursday afternoon before the race and race day pickup. I chose to pickup early because it was right around the corner from my home. In fact, I often run past this location for my regular midweek runs.
|Pickup at Health Quest|
The race also had a virtual option too and you would get not only your shirt and bib but the medal(on a honor system that you do the 5k). Great idea.
|Packet pickup Thursday afternoon|
The race itself was in St. Clair Metropark. While I've been here before, I've not been here in years and have never run here so I was really looking forward to it. The start area was located in the activity center of the park which was nice since we could stay inside until the race started.
|Activity Center at St. Clair Metropark|
|Runners in warm area|
|Nancy, the race director(sorry for the blurry picture)|
|Race day packet pickup|
|Race day registration|
|Massage before/after race|
|Everal Race Management hard at work|
|Runners in front of me|
|Runners behind me|
I was not really shooting for any goal and was just running by feel. I didn't realize until I got home that I had a negative split on the course. The course was perfectly measured and marked.
|Splits / Map per Strava|
|Elevation/pace per Strava|
As with many races, the start is a little crowded but thins out really fast.
|And we are off!|
|Nice cleared path|
|Volunteers giving directions|
|Running near the canal|
|Next to the lake|
|Nice view of the lake|
|Coming around the bend|
As you can see from the next few pictures, there were a few turns but the volunteers did a great job keeping us on track.
|Running in the middle loop|
|What a nice park|
|Walkers coming up from behind|
|Out and back section|
|Heading to the finish|
|Back by the canal|
No aid stations. I've never found it a big deal for a 5k, however, some people I'm sure wished there was a water station half way.
After I finished, I saw Greg helping out some of the runners with their timing results using his phone.
|Greg Everal helping a runner|
|Water back inside|
|Bagels and granola bars and hot chocolate|
|Runners relaxing after|
For the $25 entry fee(plus $2.69 service fee), you received a chip timed race with a custom bib and a QR code capability to give you immediate results.
|QR code timing|
|Long sleeve polyester shirt|
|Race medal with ribbon|
|Medal close up|
The organization of the race was excellent. The race had a nice website with all information. The race also sent out several emails clarifying things including a last minute course change. Packet pickup was very easy. The start and finish area were well organized and easy to find in the park. The course was salted and clear of snow and ice. It's clear that the race director has done this before and did a great job with this new race.
Overall, it was a fun 5k. I'm always looking for new races to try out and I'm glad that I did this one. It's nice when races are in Metroparks and you don't have to worry about traffic. I love the theme of the race with Hoodie Hoo saying goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring. The shirt was nice, the medal is a great design, the course, even with the last minute change, was very nice. The course was well planned and and had plenty of volunteers on the course. While I usually run races all year, this was a great start to the racing season. Think about signing up next year for the Hoodie Hoo.
|Race #87 complete|
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.