Bear Stampede 10k, West Branch, IA Saturday May 10, 2014. Sunny 65 degrees. 9 am
Registration: Participants could register through getmeregistered.com or by submitting a form through the mail. Registration was open until the start of the race. Race distances included 10k, 5k, 1 mile, & kids fun run. Costs from $20-$30, price increased closer to race day. Early registrants received a t-shirt & entry into a random prize drawing. Everyone received a swag bag with flyers, coozies, etc
Packet Pick up: Held at the elementary school Friday evening before race, or race day. No expo.
Pre-Race: Parking available near elementary school, but come early as the street is blocked off. Other parking available a block away on street at Public Library. Timing chips were distributed race morning. The school was open for bathrooms or the drinking fountain. Announcements were made and a school kid sang the National Anthem.
Race: The 5k & 10K started at an inflatable arch and went south from the school to the Hoover Park on the city streets. Once in the park a portion of the course was on a small gravel walkway. We looped the park and headed north back on the gravel & city streets to catch the Nature Trail. The section of trail within the city limits is a chip & seal surface, the 10k went out further on an actual trail surface, some crushed lime stone & dirt. There were 2 water stops for the 10k, in styrofoam cups. Once the out & back of the trail section was completed, there were 2 steep hills and the finish. All portions of city streets did not have any major hazards, but always a good idea to check for cracks or a change in the pavement. Each mile was marked. The local police were at the major intersections and many volunteers at other crossings. The finish was on the downhill and marked with the inflatable arch and the timing clock. A volunteer clipped the chip off your shoe.
Post Race: Lots of baked goods, cookies, bars, muffins, bananas, oranges, chocolate milk, yogurt tubes, & water. The one mile race was at 10:30 and the fun run at 11. Awards were announced afterwards. Herky made an appearance and encouraged mile & fun run participants. There was a gymnast station set up and Bondi Bands were for sale.
Overall: Great family orientated race. A distance for everyone. The 2 hills near the finish make the course.
Personal: Once again Laura and Josh participated with me. I thought I would try to keep up with Laura…um well she must have had her Wheaties for breakfast, after an 8 minute first mile, there was no way I was keeping up with her. I really pushed myself trying to play catch up which set a new 10k PR, with a time of 53:51. Laura was the 3rd female in the 10k, 1st in our age group, placing me 2nd in our age group. Josh also placed 2nd in his age group. We also ran the one mile run, just because we could.