Finished in 33.41 (official time); a new PR - I've never run that distance
Overall Place: 124/859
Overall Men: 83/308
Men 45-49: 14/52
Males Masters: 45/183
Timed Race #104 - First 4 mile Race
As most of you are aware, I'm only writing race reviews on new (to me) races that I run this year. This was my second race this year. Overall, I had an awesome time running this fun race. I had to do it since it's only once every four years so didn't want to miss out and wait that long. Great sweatshirts, awesome medals, well organized.
I headed up to Road Runner Sports in West Bloomfield to pick up my race packet the Saturday before the race. For those that don't know it, Allen Whitehead who runs the Kona races, also owns these stores in West Bloomfield and Canton. You could pick up your packet at either location.
|Road Runner Sports - nice store!|
Marcela and Greg were working this location. Greg is the race director for this race and an awesome guy who times many of the races in the area. It's nice they knew me and I was in and out in a manner of minutes. Really easy to get your packet.
|Greg and Marcela working hard!|
The race was on Monday evening, of course, which was February 29th. It was quite a drive for me to get down there but it was completely worth it. The race was located at Willow Metro Park. It was the first time I had been to this park. I got there pretty early and the race was setting up. As it got closer to the time to race, people started to line up for the bathrooms.
|Sweet medals! They glow in the dark!|
|Race day packet pickup|
|Runners waiting to run|
The course itself was pancake flat. It was an out and back for the first part and then a loop around back to the start. Just over 4 miles. I had planned to try and run this a little harder than my training runs have been. I needed to watch as my knee had been giving me issues but 4 miles on cement was okay for it so things worked out. I slowed a little as I got to the finish but that wind at the end didn't help.
|Course, splits, elevation|
|Runners behind me.|
|Runners ahead of me|
|Most had headlamps, some didn't|
|Some of the front runners on the out and back section|
No aid stations on course, however, there was an aid station at the finish area. Steve and his wife Theresa were there working the water station at the finish area. I talked briefly with them before heading home.
After we finished, the race had food set up inside where packet pickup was located. They had cookies, bananas and various other snacks. They also had extra glow sticks and rings and I picked one of each for my kids.
|Cookies are my favorite!|
For your race entry of $28 (plus $2.95 processing fee), you received a measured and semi-closed course. You received a custom race bib with a QR code on the bib. You also received a glow ring and sticks as well as a nice sweatshirt and a really cool medal. I personally thought it was a great value for what you received.
|Medal with Bib|
|Medal in daylight|
|Glow in the dark medal|
Overall, the organization of the race was great. Signing up online was easy. Packet pickup was really easy and nice to have choices. The race was easy to find with good information on their website. The course was well planned and easy to follow. All that and the race director was not even there race day! While the race started late, I have to give kudos to the volunteers in keeping the race organization near perfect and I have no doubt had Greg been able to be there, it would have been perfect.
Overall this is a race I would do again. Too bad we need to wait 4 years to sign up for it but that is one of the appeals to the race. Not only was the organization good but the race did a great job on everything. From the packet pickup to the race distance to the awesome amenities. This is one race to put on your list. On a personal note, I'm really very happy to see that Greg is going to be better. I imagine, because he is a runner, it likely saved his life. He's made a huge difference in the running community and I'm glad he will be with us to support area runners for many years to come.
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!
Disclosure: I paid for this entry with my own funds. All opinions are my own.