July 4th, 2013 8:00 am Oxford, IA 65 degrees and warming, humid!
Background: This was the 2nd annual 5k in honor of a high school girl. She was on her way home from cross country practice when a car accident cost her life. The event is held to honor her memory.
Pre-race: Registration was available online before the race, and you were able to register on race day. Cotton T-shirts and bibs were handed out. Registration cost around $20. Parking along the road near the athletic complex. Announcements made at the time race was to start, so started a little after 8.
Race: Course was on pavement, chip seal and asphalt. Some loose gravel on the chip seal areas. One big hill, but relatively flat. Active train tracks in the course. (we were able to beat the train that passed during the run) Water on the course, but in the form of water bottles. Race was chip timed with a strip on the back of the bibs. Not a lot of shade, as the day heated up.
Post Race: Watermelon served, more water in bottles and re-usable, plastic water bottles to take with a granola bar and coupon inside. One winner announced in each Age Group, given gift certificate prizes. Also raffle prizes to registered participants.
Overall: Nice small town race, no major problems, great course for a first timer.
Personal: I ran with a friend, she kept me moving the entire race, she has a small quick stride, but for whatever reason I struggled to keep up with her this time. It was hot and maybe I started to fast, but I race to learn more. I also gave it what I had at the end and got her at the finish. Perhaps poor racing etiquette.
Ang: 27:13 6th AG
Josh: 23:03 1st AG, 10th Overall