Run With Carl. Monday Sept. 1, 2014. Cloudy clearing to sunshine, 70 +, slightly humid. 8:15 am. Bettendorf, IA.
This was the 20th year of the event and the last year.
Registration: Available online and on race day. The 5 miler was only $25 without a t-shirt. *I actually won entrance through facebook. Leading up to the race there were lots of giveaways on facebook. Shirts were an additional $5. There was a timing chip, bib & can coozie included with registration.
Expo / Packet Pick up: There was no expo, but packets could be picked up at the fitness center, however no pick up the Sunday before the race. Could also pick up your packet on race morning. Someone else could pick up your packet.
Pre-Race: There was parking at the near by Middle School, on street or at the park where the race started. There were port-o-potties, but they were out of sight, we had to ask where they were.
The 1/2 mile and one mile race were run before 8 am. At 8 am there was a small ceremony introducing past scholarship winners of the scholarship the race has supported. The National Anthem was sung, and the participants were walked to the starting line.
Race / Course:
- The course started on he paved road, there were a few cracks in the pavement that could have made you trip. Then the course hopped a curb to an asphalt bike path, which narrowed, but wasn’t too crowded. Eventually the course joined back up on the paved road.
- There were 3 water stops, all in paper cups.
- Each mile was marked, there was a volunteer yelling times
- The course was on roads open to traffic, the running lane was partitioned off with cones
- Volunteers or law enforcement at all interesections
- There was a timing mat at the halfway point
- some hills, but nothing steep
- a few spectators
Post Race: Finish was marked with timing mat, clock and an announcer trying to get as many names announced as possible. There was apples, bananas, an assortment of cookies, and water. There was a medic tent and a Palmer Chiro massage tent. The timing company had a spot you could get printed results. Room to cheer on finishers too. No awards ceremony, but a table was set up to claim awards.
Overall: The race is a well oiled machine. If it were to continue, I would recommend you run it.
Personal: I ran the 5k race last year and yelled, or encouraged a friend to finish. This year being the last year I had to come back and run it again. I had just run a half the day before and still have some PF pain, but I did my best to race this. The weather started out cloudy, but just before mile 1 the sun came out and it was hot & humid. Results: 45:14