Finished in 27:42 (official time); no new PR
Overall Place: 5/41
Men 40-49: 1/4
Timed race #109
First year for this new 5k race. They also had a Hike that was not timed. This was organized by Boy Scout Shane Skelcy for his Eagle Scout project with Troop 360 of Auburn Hills. The event benefited God's Helping Hands of Michigan that was organized to provide free food and clothing for those in need in the Southeast Michigan area. What a great idea for an Eagle Scout project! The race was well organized and timed. They had finisher medals and food at the end as well as a raffle. Your entry was free if you provided at least 5 cans for the charity. What a great cause and I'm happy I got to participate. Hopefully they will do this again next year.
One of my running buddies, Josh, told me about this race. He said you could run it if you brought at least 5 cans to the event as they were collecting food for a charity. Awesome. What a great idea. I signed up on Eastside Racing Company, who was timing the race. It was very simple to sign up.
|Bald Mountain State Recreation Area|
I got there a little early and waited in my car for a few minutes until start time. The park there is very nice and works well for a small race.
|Start area - start/finish|
|A few announcements by Shane Skelcy|
|Ready to run (small race, I was at the front)|
The course itself was a little out and back to the trail and then a loop on the trails. The race said that the course measured long and my Garmin came in at about 3.3 miles. I had no plans for this except I felt like I wanted to push myself and see how I could place given the small group. I was happy to see I placed 5th overall especially since much of the course is run on trails.
|Splits, Map, elevation|
We ran through part of the parking lot and drive on asphalt to get to the trailhead. I love watching the kids for the race as they have so much energy!
|A little asphalt to start|
|Great day for a race!|
|Heading to the trails|
|volunteers on course|
|great area to run|
|A couple muddy spots|
|Rock and roots too|
|Marked very well|
|More trail markings|
|Some hills as well|
|Heading back to the finish|
There was one aid station on the course which I didn't get a picture of. I didn't stop for it since I wanted to keep up my pace. There were two volunteers there giving out water.
After the race, they gave you a medal and there was plenty of food for the runners/walkers. They had pizza, bananas, donuts, water, and juice. The race also did a raffle after everyone came in. I think they had enough prizes that everyone walked away with something - that's awesome! They collected over 860 cans for the charity plus monetary donations that would help get them to their 1,000 can donation goal.
For your race entry, which was to bring at least 5 cans, you received a chip timed, marked course. You received a bib and a cinch bag from your packet. If you gave 15 cans, you also got an additional tote bag. If you donated 20 cans, you also received a race shirt. I should have just brought more cans to get the shirt too.
|Part of the packet|
|Toffee from raffle|
|Race medal - awesome homemade medal|
|Medal close up|
The organization of the race was great. They had a place to register online. They posted it on Runmichigan. They had all details on a flyer so you knew where to go and what time. The start/finish area was well organized. Packet pick up was really easy.
Overall, this was a really fun race. I loved the course! The race was well organized. It was for a great cause. The medals, completely unexpected, were incredible! The finish line food was great. While I realize that this was for an Eagle Scout project, my hope is that they continue to put on this event on an annual basis. You could tell that Shane Skelcy and his volunteers put a lot of hard work into making sure this was a fun and successful event. I'm glad I got to be a part of it.
|Another successful 5k|
Disclosure: This entry was free if you brought cans to participate. All opinions are my own.