Saturday April 19, 2014. Davenport, Iowa, 9 am, Sunny 40 degrees
Registration: Online registration available or snail mail. Price started at $35, and increased to $40. Could still register on site at the race. Price was high for a 5k, but this is what was included: chip timing, long sleeve shirt, candy, post race breakfast, and a medal! Was also a $1000 prize to the winner. Kids could register for a smaller race which included a post race egg hunt.
Packet pickup: Packets were available for pick up the day before the race at a nearby Clinic, or prior to the race near the start. Others could pick up your stuff. The day before pick up also had more swag to grab, drawstring back pack and candy.
Pre-race: The kids races were held at 8:30. Divided into 2 categories, those 6 & under, and then those over. Plenty of free parking in nearby lots or on the street. There were also port-o-potties near the start. Live music playing.
Race / Course: The race started after a moment of silence #BostonStrong and then the band sang the National Anthem. The start was congested, and no announcement was made to line up according to pace. Course was on cement and asphalt surfaces, no major potholes. Each mile was marked with a sign. No water stops. Volunteer or law enforcement official at every intersection. The course was still open to traffic, some sections could have had more cones. One major uphill, with one rolling downhill. Few encouraging spectators. Finish marked with banner and clock.
Post Race: After finishing a volunteer handed you a medal & a towel. Proceeded to tents where they served scrambled eggs, sausage, candy, bananas, bagels, Gatorade chews, flavored water, & bottles of water. Live music continued to play. Easter egg hunt held at 10 am. Isabel Bloom awards to winners, ceremony after the egg hunt.
Overall: I will run this race again. The price is high, but you get what you pay for and the course is challenging. The medal is also a bottle opener and a magnet.
Personal: I brought home a shiny new PR! 24:43. I am not sure where is came from, I just felt great, so I went for it. Laura was there today (thanks for the push at the end), along with Kelly (who broke the 30 minute mark) and my niece ran her first race (however she was more excited for the egg hunt) My sister and Tereasa were also there. This is also one week from my next full marathon, I am ready.