Bear Stampede 10k, West Branch, IA Saturday May 9, 2015. Sunny 65 degrees. 9 am – humid
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. The cotton short sleeve t-shirt wasn’t guaranteed on race day. Everyone received a swag bag with flyers, even dog treats, etc. The 10k was only $30 on race day, I have paid this for a 5k, such a great price.
Packet Pick up: Held at the elementary school Friday evening before race, or race day. I was fortunate to set up and sell my head bands during this time. I donated half my purchases back to organization.
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 the same time. The course routed through town, then on a part of the Hoover Nature trail out and back, finishing with 2 hills near the school
- All road hazards were marked, 2 spots on trail
- all surfaces, pavement, asphalt, chip n seal, gravel, trail
- 10k had 2 water stops, first was part of 5k with styrofoam cups. The second stop was mini plastic bottles
- Hills in town, trail is flat
- Each mile marked
- Police at major intersections, volunteers at other intersections
- Very few spectators
- No photographers
Post Race: Lots of baked goods, cookies, bars, muffins, bananas, oranges, chocolate milk, yogurt tubes, & water. Participants were given a plant (flower) grown by the high school FFA. The one mile race was at 10:30 and the fun run at 11. I ran the fun run with my niece Awards were announced afterwards. Herky, and Elsa & Anna made an appearance and encouraged mile & fun run participants. An inflatable bouncy contraption was set up.
Overall: Great price! Great family orientated race. A distance for everyone. The 2 hills near the finish make the course.
Personal: I like this hometown race, I always try to run it, if I am available. I think I have done it 3 or times. I was also asked if I would like to sell my head bands at the packet pick-up. I couldn’t resist! I recruited my number one head band seller, my sister, and she brought my niece Ella.
There were not many people registered for the 10k, but I still did my best, finishing with a 55:01, good enough for 18th of out 21 finishers, lol!. It also placed me 2nd by 6 seconds in my AG. This course is a great challenge, after you snake through town the first time, you are treated to a nice flat trail, only to have to finish with 2 uphills. My Garmin was also very close to an actual 6.2 distance.
I’ve added my review to Bibrave.com. If you ran the 5k, make sure to add a review as there are none yet 🙂