Run with Carl Monday Sept 2, 2013. Bettendorf, IA 65 degrees, sunny
Pre-race: Registration was available online & up to 8 am on race day, $25-$30. Could register for 5 mile or 5k route. Long sleeve tech tee (limited to those who register first) & chip time on the bib. Race day registration not eligible for prizes/awards. Packet pick up Friday, Saturday and race day. A friend could pick up your packet. Parking at the nearby middle school.
Race: 5k started after the 5 miler at 8:30. Ran on paved street and asphalt bike path. The street had a few pot holes along the edge. The path had some sand, roots pushing up & jagged edges, easy to maneuver around. Wasn’t too crowded, enough room to pass on path. Mile markers with volunteers shouting times at each. Intersections monitored with law enforcement. 2 water stops with paper cups. A few manageable hills. Finish was marked with a clock and blow up arch. Chip timing was with a gun start. A few spectators along the way, most crowded around start/finish.
Post race: Took place in a parking lot. Bottled water, bagels, bananas, apples, cookies, and granola bars. Computer set up to get a print out with race details. Awards were announced.
Overall: Nice community race for a great cause. Easy to register, parking was easy, no hassles. Not a bucket list race, but easy to fit into a busy holiday schedule.
Personal: I was encouraged to sign up for this race by a friend, knowing this would be a day after my 20 miler, I chose to run with her and not do the 5 miler. She helped me keep my pace slower and I helped her keep her pace faster, even going a little “Jillian Michaels” on her at times. We both proudly finished, and she thanked me even though at the time I thought she might deck me. I am glad I did this run, as tired as my legs felt yesterday, they feel great today. Both of us are participating in the Alex’s Lemonade Million Mile Run to help fight childhood cancer, feel free to join our team, The Helping Hawks.
Angie 32:21 (garmin 32:01) results