Saturday December 14, 2013 2pm, Geneseo, IL. Cloudy 20ish degrees
Race is held as part of the Geneseo Christmas Walk celebration.
Registration / Packet Pick-up: Available online and before the race. Included with registration was a short sleeve tech tee. Average price $25. Pick up was at a converted library, currently it’s a church. Parking available on near by side streets. Main route in town was closed, due to happenings later in the day.
Race / Course: Race started with a “go” after a few words from the organizers. Course was held on city paved / asphalt street. Giant loop around town. Many intersections, many of which had no one to direct traffic. There was a lot of traffic on the course as well, at times I did not feel safe as they sped by. With winter running there were a few pot holes and cracks. Super flat course. No water stops. Miles were marked with orange cones. Finish had a chute with a clock. Times recorded by a person with a clipboard.
Post Race: bottles of water and granola bars available inside the church. Awards were handed out for best costume and for each age group.
Overall: Laid back race, no hassle. Just wish there were more volunteers helping monitor the course.
Personal: I set another PR in the 5k distance and I didn’t even have my watch. (25:49) This was also my last race for the year, my 43rd. I also took this race as a chance to show case 3 sparkle skirts at once, to complete my holiday costume. Due to the laid back nature of the race I received a medal for my efforts, it was the same medal winners received. It was hand made and could be an ornament as well.
I was also able to run the race with Josh, Tereasa, and Joel. Josh won his AG and Joel placed 3rd in the same AG. Tereasa completed her 8th 5k of the year, and received a medal for her outfit too. We all traveled the distance to Geneseo to see some good friends of the family, they cheered on the course and I got a high five. We then tried to grab something to eat in the downtown, but nothing was going on and no places were open for food. There was a lull between the race and their festivities. Side note if you want to keep the runners in town, have something happening.