Blue / Gold 5k. Saturday May 17, 2014.Regina Schools, Iowa city, IA. 8 am. 40 degrees, sunny
Race background: This was the first year for the race. The race was organized by the newly formed Regina Running Club. The school had participated in the Girls on the Run, but the boys wanted in on the fun. The school organized a group for everyone.
Registration / Packet Pick Up / Pre-Race: Registration was available online for $25 and included a cotton race shirt and optional dye at the finish, you could also sign up on race day. Packets or bibs in this case could be picked up prior to the race on race day. Plenty of parking available in the school parking lot. No port-o-potties, but the school was open. A few announcements were made about the course to the running group. We lined up on the street and someone said “go.”
Race: The race started on the paved street, then quickly followed the paved sidewalk. All surfaces were void of major cracks. Out and back course with a couple of steep hills. Water at the half way, turn around point. Volunteers at every intersection and turn. Volunteers were also the mile markers. Most of the spectators, or parents were stationed near the finish line. The course was marked with colored chalk arrows, one color on the way out and a different on the way back. The finish transferred to the grass, and if you wanted “color” was squirted as you approached the finish line. There was no visible clock, just a volunteer with a watch.
Overall: Great race for the kids, challenging course. For a first year race it went pretty smooth.
Personal: I had 7 miles on tap for the day, this was my first race of the day. I ran with Laura, or rather she kicked my butt again. I felt good, but guilty as I passed all the kids. My Garmin had a time that was a lot faster than the official results, garmin of 25:40. I received and email with the results and a message that stated “Some times might be slightly off for those who attempted to avoid the color by avoiding the finish shoot.” Yes I avoided the color, but I didn’t walk around another 100 yards for my 26:37, strange, but it was a small race. I did place 3rd overall as a female. Not sure I would run this again, I am not a fan of color runs and I don’t think it’s fair to the kids.