Iowa City, IA October 13, 2013. Sunny 40 ish degrees. 9 am (10k start)
Background on the Ponseti method to correcting club foot.
Registration / Packet pickup: Registration was available online, started at $25 and increased as race day approached. You could also register on race-day. Packet pick up was held the Friday before the race and on race day. You could register for the a one mile, 5k, or 10k run. Kids races were also available. Included in the fee was a short sleeve tech tee, chip timing, local promotional goodies, a wrist band. * Note to online registrations: please specify cotton or tech tees, unisex or gender cut, it is getting more difficult to size a shirt.
Pre-Race: Plenty of parking was available in the nearby lot. A stage was set up where music, announcements and group led exercises took place. A space was made for kids to draw on the pavement with chalk. The American flag was run via relay to the start by a group of team-mates honoring Caroline Found, which the mile walk was dedicated to. The national anthem was sung with 15 minutes left before the start of the 10k, the 5K 10 minutes later, and the mile walk started an hour later.
Course: The course started on the paved street, and transferred to sidewalks (some were narrow in spots). Small section on asphalt sidewalk which was patchy. Many water stops with paper dixie cups. Not many major intersections, but all were marked with a volunteer, many of which were cheering. The course was hilly, but tolerable. Visible mile markers, however the 5k crowd met up with the 10k at one point and the mile markers were not marked as to which was for which race. (If you have ran a race before it wasn’t hard to figure out which was for your course). The finish was marked with 2 clocks, but they were not labeled which time was for which race.
Post race: bottle water, water coolers, fruit roll-ups, apples and bananas were available to all finishers. Awards were announced and given to overall winners in the 5k and 10k. A table was set up to the side for 1st place AG finishers to get their prize. There was also a table set up for random drawing winners.
Overall: This was a nice course, the hills were a welcome challenge. I wouldn’t call it a bucket list race, but there were no hassles to arriving and running a solid race. If you have the weekend open I would add this to your calendar.
Personal: It’s no secret I have started training for the Dopey challenge in January at WDW. This weekend’s plan was to run 15 and 5 miles, so I switched things up and ran 14 on Saturday and 6.2 on Sunday. I had one goal and that was to run a sub hour race, which I did. I really am enjoying the cooler temps. Also ran the race with my friend Laura, she keeps me going, a great pacer. I also debuted my new Sparkle Athletic skirt, who doesn’t love to wear a little fun on the run?
Angie 57:03 Race Results