Saturday April 12, 2014. Davenport, Iowa. 8 am. Sunny, light wind, 50-60 degrees, a little humid
Registration: Online and up to race day, $20-$27. Included with the fee: cotton shirt, chip timing, ticket to upcoming baseball game of choice, & post race party. Proceeds benefit the Bandit Scholars program.
Packet Pick up / Pre-race: Pick up was at the ball park Thursday before the race up until the start. Bathrooms available in the ball park. Plenty of free parking on site.
Race & Course: Start area is a little congested, no encouragement to line up according to pace. After some announcements about the direction of the course and a live rendition of the National Anthem, the race started.
Course is along the Mississippi River, starting in Iowa crossing over to Illinois and then back to Iowa.
The race starts on a dead end road to avoid a major highway, however the start immediately takes a sharp left turn through a grass patch to cross the first bridge, where one lane is still open to traffic. This congestion is a problem, someone could get hurt. However by the time we had crossed the bridge the participants had thinned out.
The race is mostly on paved surface except for a few bridge crossings, which had metal grates. No mile markers, rather water stops near each mile. Small hills, most were bridge overpass, nothing steep.
A giant clock with the time faced runners as you crossed home plate to finish the race.
A kids fun run was held after all 5k racers had finished.
Post Race: Excellent party! Due to the set up at the ball park the beer garden area was home to the post race festivities. Runners were also able to hang out on the field and take photos. Plenty of food & refreshment were available. 2 beer tickets were on the bottom of the race bib, gatorade, water, granola bars, bananas, hot dogs & hamburgers. Picnic table seating. Race results were available to be printed for each participant.
Award ceremony was held after all races had ended. Overall & AG winners were awarded medals or trophies. After the awards a raffle was held for prizes. (had to enter this raffle with bib tag)
Overall: The race start should be changed, but the entire course wasn’t too challenging. The course was short according to my Garmin. The price and post race party sold me on coming back.
Personal: Shout out to my husband for winning his age group!!
I also set a PR of 25:44…but with the race being short via my Garmin…I don’t know if I’ll take it…hmmm?
It’s getting harder & hard to recap these races, as the experience of hanging out with my friends overshadows the actual race. Or, is that part of the race experience? I do my best to keep the actual race separate.
My husband and I are still training for our full marathon, so after this race we still had 4 more training miles. Laura and Joel joined us and we enjoyed the warm temps and each others company.