Doc Dash 5k, Saturday April 5, 2014. Iowa City, IA 9 am. Sunny 35 degrees
Small town feel, 5k which supports the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic and the University of Iowa Mobile Clinic.
Registration was available online and on race day. Cotton shirts were extra. Chip timed.
Parking available in nearby parking ramp, or about 1/4 mile away in Dental lot. Packet pick up the night before and on race day. Small expo, featuring the local running store.
Also held a kids race before the 5k
Race/course – road and sidewalk, all paved surface. A couple of steep hills. One water stop with tiny plastic cups. My Garmin had the course at 3.07. It was a little crowded, but not too bad. No mile markers, but arrows on sidewalk & signs to mark the route. One major road intersection with volunteers, no law enforcement. All other intersections /crossing had no volunteers.
Post race: bananas, bagels, oranges, coffee, water. No award ceremony, but if you found your posted time, and you won, you then could go to a table to claim your prize. Raffle prizes given to those who commented on the facebook page.
For the price and challenge of the course, I would recommend this race. Results
Personal: As per usual this race was part of a longer training run day for my husband and I. We had 8 miles on the schedule. Our friend Laura was also running the race, so she tagged along and we ran 3 miles to the race, which meant we ran back home too, for a total of 9 miles on the day.
The race itself was alright, nothing too special about it as far as gimmicks. Just a nice small town feel, easy for any ability to accomplish. The facebook page for the organization was very helpful as well. More organizations need to utilize free social media.