Places to Run – Hoover Nature Trail

Places to Run

The Hoover Nature Trail, West Branch, IA section

The Hoover Nature Trail is an old railroad bed that follows the old Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad route between Burlington and Cedar Rapids. Only portions of the trail are completed for recreational use.

Location: West Branch, IA to Oasis, IA

Mileage: 3.5 miles (one way) You have to start near Main St in West Branch and run to Oasis Rd.


Terrain: The part in the city limits of West Branch is chip and seal, and the parts in the county are maintained crushed rock. One highway crossing and one gravel road crossing. Trail shoes are not necessary.

Elevation: FLAT! no hills

Scenery: Trees and farm land line the trail. Depending on the year you can find corn or soybeans planted next to the trail. Small creek runs alongside in parts with a few bridge crossings.


Maintenance: The City of West Branch & the County Conservation Board maintains the trail(plus volunteers.) The sides are mowed, tree limbs are cut away, a grader will touch up the rock periodically. There is no winter maintenance, you get to make your own way in the snow/ice

Markings: At one time mile markers were on the trails, but have been damaged over the years. There are gates to keep vehicles off the trail. Random signs for horses to stay off to the side.

Features: Peaceful! While the trail sees a lot of usage you might be the only one out there. There is an outhouse style bathroom near Oasis. There is no fee to use this trail. There are some benches placed in random spots.


Warnings: Be aware of off leash dogs, while it’s not posted to keep your dog on a leash, many use the trail this way. The bridges have some holes, so watch your footing.

Personal notes: This is a great flat trail that’s easy on the body. The start is close to where I work, so I am able to #runch easily.

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January Corridor Update

Corridor Running – January Update

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Hey guys! If you don’t know I am on the board at Corridor Running. It’s my local running club (Cedar Rapids – Iowa City). The main website is going to be going through some updates, so I thought I would write what is happening or what is new this year with the club. (If you have questions just ask me – angie.maske-berka@corridorrunning.com, or you can find me on twitter, facebook, etc). This information is also shared in the Corridor Running newsletter, please sign up here.

2017 Membership– This year membership has changed to run a calendar year, from January 1 – December 31. Please note the new pricing tier as well. If you are a Corridor Running member you will have access to discounts on races as well as area businesses. Also new – VIP membership. VIP members receive an exclusive race bag and expedited packet pickup at all Corridor Running races, as well as entry to all Corridor Running sponsored race events. Please check out https://corridorrunning.com/become-member/ for more information.

Freezefest registration is open! Register by February 5th to guarantee a shirt and get your name on a bib. This race is capped at 350 participants, so register now. This race also needs volunteers, please sign up here. Check out this BibRave review if you would like more convincing. Join the event page on facebook, tell your friends!

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Shamrock Shuffle registration is open!! The early bird pricing has been continued through January 21 at 11:59pm, save yourself $5 and REGISTER! There are 2 distances for this event, the 3.17K and the 6.24k. Even better, wear your favorite green running attire and join the post race brunch at Micky’s Irish Pub. There is a facebook event page for this too.

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2016 Circuit – The 2016 circuit has come to a close, but will be open to add all your events through January 27, 2017. Here is the link to add your events. If there are questions, ask Mike. (mikenewman@corridorrunning.com)

2017 Corridor Running Race Schedule:

  • February 18 / Freezefest / 5k / Squaw Creek Park / Marion, IA
  • March 11 / Shamrock Shuffle / 3.17k or 6.24k / College Green Park / Iowa City, IA
  • May 7 / Y2Y / Prediction Run (7 miles?) / Cedar Rapids, IA
  • July 4 / Fifth Season Races / 8k or 5k / Cedar Rapids, IA
  • September 3 / NewBo Half Marathon / NewBo /Cedar Rapids, IA
  • September / Swamp Fox / 5k / Marion, IA
  • September 30 / TimberTrek / 4.3 mile / Obstacle – trail race / Amana, IA
  • October 14 / Indian Summer Distance Classic /10 mil or 4 mile /trail race / Solon, IA

Apparel – You can rep Corridor Running anywhere with your own CR gear!.

SOCIAL MEDIA– we are happy to see where you are running, where you are repping Corridor Running gear. Share the love on social media and tag #corridorrunning. Twitter – @corridorruning , Facebook – Corridor Running, Instagram – @corridorruning.

 

February Marathon

DONE!

My February marathon was tough, but it’s done. In case you missed it, you can read about the details here.

Sunday February 14, 2016. Iowa City, IA. 7 am. cloudy, snowing, cold, 18-20 degrees, 3-5 degrees with the windchill.

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The conditions were not favorable, but when I decided on this weekend the forecast was calling for snow starting in the evening. It also works out well with timing from my last marathon and the next marathon.

It was Valentines Day, and I had my number one valentine starting the race next to me, Josh. We had layered in all the clothes and the race was underway. 2 participants, no National Anthem, no starting gun. I said “you ready?”

The first few miles were good, at one point Josh said “my toes are cold” To be fair, it’s hard to run in thick socks or multiple socks and be comfortable.

Mile 2- the snow started to pick up, and the flakes were getting bigger. I thought I should had brought a head lamp. I was happy I was wearing neon pink, so we were visible to drivers.

We chatted, and the miles were going by, at around mile 5, Josh had to use the restroom. GASP! There were none provided by the race! Ok, calm down, the route took us by many gas stations. So he picked up the pace and hit the Hy-Vee gas restroom, I forged ahead.

I was getting worried as I had run about a mile or so without Josh, I was expecting him to join back up with me. My right hand was also cold. I was wearing my heavy winter gloves with a mitten over top. I rearranged my hand into a ball, and it started to warm back up. Josh also reappeared, and I think we saw our first snow plow.

We were now near the Foster Rd hill, UGH! We watched a small pick up truck struggle to make it to the top, I could relate.

The snow was also thicker under our feet, very light and powdery, not heavy and wet. We first felt how fluffy it was, when we hit an underpass and there was no snow on the ground, just pavement. It was the strangest feeling, like our legs had went to jell-o. I originally thought I was getting light headed, but it was just the change of surface.

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I was looking forward to the next part of the race. Dave and Shannon had agreed to participate in the fun. Dave would be crewing us for a short while, while Shannon would run 5-7 miles with us. Dave also had snacks and non frozen hydration. We were also meeting them at the Water Works park entrance, where I could use the port-a-potty.

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Once we saw D & S, we grabbed some G2 and I used the bathroom. What a strange experience, my ass was numb. I was dressed in my 2Xu thermal tights and an outer wind pant. I guess it was freakin cold!

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In addition to non frozen liquids, I checked on my Orange Mud water bottle, it wasn’t frozen, but ice was forming on the nozzle. We had some of the snacks on board- nutter butter cookies. Then we were back at it, this time with the fresh legs (&mind) of Shannon.

At this point the snow was heavy and the wind was cranked, it was strongest from the SE, so any time we were headed in that direction was the worst. We hadn’t even ran 100 yards and there was a snow plow, we paused to turn our backs to not get “plowed” and carried on.

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I am not sure how I (we) will ever repay Dave and Shannon, but having someone support you in what you love to do is awesome. Having a fresh mind to talk to was welcomed, we learned about her recent half marathon, with an AG finish, and her next race, then just like that, we saw Dave again.

He was there with his real camera and his phone. Wahoo, the race had an official photographer!! The next part we were running was a hilly “trail” near the Kate Wickham school, he had warned us of some ice which was hidden under the snow. We were tackling the hills, when we came upon a herd of deer. The area is some what protected from the elements, it was kinda spooky to see the deer seeking cover in the woods.

We made it through the area, and were closing in on the halfway point. We met up with Dave again, and he offered the non frozen drinks. Josh’s bottles, small Nathan bottles, were frozen, not good. This section we were headed south, the wind was brutal.

We were on 12th Ave in Coralville, the snow was even starting to drift, so some spots were a little deeper than others. It was anywhere from no snow to 4″-5″.

It was nice once we turned on 10th St and headed west, no wind in our face. I don’t mind running in these conditions, it really changes the run and your effort, builds muscle and character. However, Josh was struggling, he trains to be fast, so he doesn’t train in crappy weather, he will hit the treadmill. We took a walk break, and I busted out some fruit snacks. I also know he drinks a lot of Gatorade on long runs, and his was all froze up.

We snaked through this area of Coralville, I had never run here, but remembered it from my map. We eventually ended up turning back east, it was BRUTAL!!!  At one point, I looked at Shannon, she had no skin exposed, her scarf was up to her glasses. She asked “Doesn’t that pelting snow hurt your eyes?” I was like I can’t see or open them wide enough to know, the flakes had built up enough frost on my eyelashes. It was funny.

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Josh on the other had was done! This last section was rough, just crazy really. Shannon also said her fingers were really cold. At this point it was time to re-evaluate the goal. Dave was at this intersection, near a Donut store I may add.

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I knew the next few miles were on a “trail” that was not headed into the wind, and it was somewhat protected in the woods, I am also more acclimated to running in the conditions. However, Josh was already back to the car, that was it. 15.76 brutal miles!  Shannon was cold, and since I didn’t think it was safe to proceed alone for at least the next 3 ish miles, I hopped into the car too. Dave and Shannon also had done enough, for MY goal, no need to expect them to wait on me at the next check point.

I checked my phone for the weather information. It was 18 degrees with a wind chill of 3, yes 3 degrees! My pack had lots of things store in it, I also was making a video diary with the gopro.

I was finishing this run at the gym, on the treadmill.

This was going to be the difficult part for me. I was really cold and needed to transition. We were given a ride home and I kept moving, if I spent too much time at home, I wouldn’t get to the gym. I took off all my outdoor clothes and layers, and put on dry layers. Grabbed a water bottle, bottle of G2, starbursts, a perfect bar and more nutter butters. It’s so easy to get dehydrated in the winter. Luckily I had a brand new pair of shoes, my others were caked in snow.

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I had run at the gym 2 times this winter prior to this. I had 10.44 miles to accomplish, no big deal…well unless you already ran 15.76 in the awesome winter conditions. Also being acclimated to the winter temps, running in the heat at the gym was the biggest obstacle. I am not sure how no one passes out from heat exhaustion there. I would guess it was 75 degrees in there, a small change from a 3 degree windchill.

If you are wondering what happened to the crew; Josh had to get to his day, there was an Iowa men’s basketball game that evening and he also shoveled the walk. (hands off ladies, he’s all mine) Dave and Shannon had some errands to tackle. I hope they all know how much I appreciate them helping me out.

So, I was at the gym, my quads, hips and hammies were tired and sore, so I started off slow. If you have run on the treadmill, running slow seems sooooo much longer than outdoors. I tried finding something on the TV, but the glare from outside was bad. I just continued to listen to my tunes and took breaks posting on Instagram. Which was great, cuz I saw so many encouraging posts.

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I was also running based on my Garmin distance. While there is a setting for indoor run, it is way different than the treadmill. I am not sure if it is based on cadence or my arm swing. I did do some extra arm swinging to make the miles tick off quicker. The treadmill and my watch were so far off, the treadmill had more miles. So who knows maybe I ran an ultra.

It came to a point where the heat was frying me, hey I am not used to running in heat. I changed the plan to run .75 miles, walk .25 mile according to the distance on the treadmill. The running was at a faster pace than I had been trotting. I would just make sure my watch said 10.44 when I was done. This plan lasted for about 3 miles. I think I was halfway done with the 10, and I was toast…I ended up doing lots of walking.

Then it got to 3 miles left, I picked up the running again, then there was walking, then there was social media…then I started searching for the songs I wanted to hear. When the Garmin said 9 miles, I was ready to run the rest. I found Eminem’s “til I collapse” and it was game on!

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Also as a side note, I had rested the entire day before, for this. My back had been bothering me, and I still have yet to figure out what is the cause. I shoveled our football stadium last fall, and about a month ago I fell down the stairs. I ran a couple mile shakeout on Saturday and was in pain!  I stretched, iced, TENS’d, sat all day, and even slept in another bed.  When it came time to run Sunday, I felt ok. The pain would come and go, but it became less bothersome the more miles I logged. When I was done, I had no back pain…maybe cuz the pain in my legs over shadowed it, lol

Ok… back to the race. I was done! There was no one to high five, no one to give me a medal. I took a selfie and posted to Instagram.

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I had completed the distance in around 5:51.

Josh had a taco pizza from Happy Joe’s waiting for me when I returned home, and a heart shaped sugar cookie. I grabbed a donut after the Hawkeyes beat Minnesota at that basketball game, and washed it down with a beer. I also slipped into my 2Xu MCS compression tights.

This may seem silly, or crazy to you, but I am not one to shy away from a challenge or quit on something I set out to do. This run puts me at 2 marathons for 2016. I am 1/6th of the way to completing my goal.

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My next marathon is in Newport News, VA on March 13, it is the One City Marathon. I am searching for one to run in April and May. Hope you will continue to cheer me on.

THANK YOU DAVE, SHANNON and JOSH, my number one Valentine.

 

 

 

Governor’s Run 2015 – review

Sunday November 1, 2015. Scott Co Park, Long Grove, IA (Park View) 1pm. Sunny 65 degrees.(probably the best weather ever for this race)

I enjoy this race and always try to run it, if it fits in my schedule. This year is my 5th time participating. I have recapped it the last 2 years, nothing much changes, but it’s always a great time. This year I was running with Laura.

Registration: This is available in a few different ways. You can pre-register online, send in a form, or register on race day. The fee is never steep, and they have an option to not purchase a shirt. On race day I paid $17 without the shirt. If you wanted a long sleeve unisex cotton shirt it was an additional $15. Included was a bib, post race drinks, and admittance to run through the park trails. (not sure if there is a fee for this)

Pre Race: There is no expo or packet pick up event. You can register on race day and get your packet an hour or so before the race. Also available for only $4 were past years race shirts. There is plenty of free parking near the shelter where the race starts. Once that lot fills, there are other lots with shuttles provided. The park bathrooms are closed for the season, but there were 6 port-o-potties brought in.

There was music playing on a speaker, and with about 10 minutes before the race start, participants were encouraged to gather at the start. No need for pace lineups, unless you were a super speedy trail runner, you could get to the front easily.

One change from last year, there were no shortcuts on the race this year. The National Anthem was sung live, and a gun started the race.

Race/Course: The course is advertised as a European Cross Country Trail race. Well if you have no clue what this is, you should do your research, or you will be pleasantly surprised. While the course is in the park, it is truly through the park, on all trail surfaces.

There were also 2 races, a 2 mile and a 4+ mile race. The removal of shortcuts had me worried. A short cut is usually a shorter route on the course, but more difficult like crossing a creek. Since there were none, all racers had one course. It had also been rainy the week leading up to the race

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  • all trail – some marked trail, some single track, some flagged routes through the woods, prairie trail
  • creek crossings – you find your way across, through the creek, climb a log, go off course
  • MUD – slippery, squishy and dirty
  • Hilly
  • leaf covered – keep eyes out for twigs, roots, rocks, mud
  • some spectators on marked trail
  • some photographers
  • different colored flags (blue or red) marked each course
  • 2 water stops, in paper cups. no food on course
  • some hay jump obstacles, and a culvert; otherwise all “obstacles” w  ere made by nature
  • Mile markers by orange flags
  • Prizes on course – there were ribbon/flags hanging on tree limbs with numbers, you could grab these to redeem at the finish for a prize. They were different colors, which represented different prizes. There were also items in the woods that didn’t belong, if you returned them at the finish you also got a prize.

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I think the course is why I love this so much, it just makes you feel badass for climbing through the woods, splashing through creeks and slipping through the mud. Maybe I am just a trail runner at heart.

Laura and I ran the 4+ mile route. In all the years I have done this, it has always been near 6 miles. This year it was 6.2 ish miles long.

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With this being said, I was ready to slap a woman just about a a quarter mile in, at the first water crossing. She was like, “we all have to go through that?” I rolled my eyes, and jumped into the water, leaving her behind, who knows if she finished the race.  

Also there was another part I was frustrated with. This is not an easy course, and running trail is slower than running pavement. (DUH!) However we were behind a guy running with a kid (his kid?) He kept nagging on the kid to keep up, and saying he was holding him back, he could run 5 miles faster than this.  There was also a point where Laura and I helped others out of a creek at a steep bank, this guy stood by and watched, even as we helped the kid up. UGH! 

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Finish/Post Race: The end of the race was at the shelter, where it started, and there was a finishing chute with a clock. It had you go into the shelter as part of the finish. This is where there was water, ice cups, soda in cans, draft beer, and cold cider. There was hot food available for purchase, but no post race food for free.

Awards were held, but before everyone finished. There were overall male and female winners. An award for being injured, a hedge ball award, and an award for muddiest. Then the big prizes found on the trail were turned in: a sled, a bed pan and a skeleton with a Cubs shirt.

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Laura and I hung around for the awards and redeemed our ribbons we found on the course. I was able to snag a pair of Nike winter running gloves and Laura got a short sleeve tech shirt. I enjoyed a beer, it was cold, but we were both starving. This race being at 1pm, and about an hour drive made eating lunch a problem. So we left the park and hit up a local bar and grill for a post race meal. We also left the race without major injury, Laura got stuck with a thorn, and left her with a splinter.

Overall: You can’t beat a race with a fun challenge for a great price. Ok so the course is tough, but I always have a great time.

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Iowa NF Walk & 8.5K Run – Recap

Saturday, August 8, 2015. 9:30 am. Iowa City, IA Cloudy, 75, HUMID

Races should not start after 7:30 am in the summer months. Also the start time was published at 8:30 on the facebook page, but 9:30 on the cornbelt site. It took a message via facebook to get it straightened out

Registration/Packet pick up: This was available online and on race day. Only $20 without a shirt, which you could purchase for $10. A timing chip and bib were included. If you had registered online you could pick your stuff up the night before at a local hotel. The night before packet pick up was confusing, you could not register at that time, some confusion with bibs & chips.

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I made the trek to the hotel, and found out I couldn’t register. I did take the opportunity to tell them about Medals 4 Mettle. So far all information posted on this event was wrong or misleading.  Also this hotel conference room thing, was like a private event, I felt like I was interrupting something. However it was for a good charity, so I would still run it.

Pre-race: There were lots of events happening, starting an hour before the race. Kids face painting, kids activities, and a silent auction had started. There was a real toilet at the nearby boat house, no extra port-o-potties for the race. There was parking on site, but it filled quickly, and spots were found in the grass. There were many announcements made, including a moment of silence. No National Anthem. It was already after 9:30.

The actual race start, was about a half mile walk from where all activities were being held. Once all participants made it to the start, the timer guy said go.

Race / Course: The entire race was on a paved city trail, this was not closed. It was a short run to the lake, 2 loops, and a short run back to the finish.

The trail was open to many bikers, who didn’t seemed pleased to have so many people in their space.

  • flat
  • paved surface, no potholes or cracks
  • no mile markers
  • course was short
  • some photographers on course
  • spectators only when we pass the event area
  • 2 water stops, passed each twice, plastic cups
  • no race course marshals

Finish / Post Race: The finish was marked with the timing mat. There was a cooler with water at the finish line. The results were posted as quick as they came in. Then participants had to walk the half mile back to the event area to get post race treats. There were quartered bagels, bananas, granola bars, and apples. At 11 there was a Texas Roadhouse sponsored meal of pulled pork sandwiches and a cookie.

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All the events that were going on before the race were still happening. The silent auction closed at 11;30. Up until that time they announced the first place AG winners.

Overall: I am not sure I would run this again, the price is right, but so many confusing things. What time is it? When can I register? Is this a party or a race? However it was the first year for the event in Iowa City and they did raise over $36,000.

This was also my second race of the day, The humidity was really kicking my butt. I sweated a ton, and was developing a headache. Also it was a pain to have to wait around for the silent auction to end. I guess I could have cheered all racers on, but the finish was so far from the activities.Also I was convinced an 8.5k race is almost 5 miles, so I was kind of pacing for that, but the actual race was 4.37 miles. Results

My Bibrave.com review is the same, but if you have a race you want to learn about or a review to write, make sure to add it to the site.

Moonlight Chase 2015

Saturday July 11, 2015. 9pm. Eldridge, IA. 70 degrees, HUMID!!! 4 miler

I am not stranger to this race, in fact I can’t remember how many times I have participated in the past, I always try to do this race. I love a race that is centered around a small town festival. It’s also a race where I get to hang out with some running friends.

Registration: This was available through the website link to get me registered. Price increased as race day approached. You could also register on race day for $30. Included in registration was a unisex short sleeved tech shirt, reflective arm band, beer ticket, chip for timing, bib, small men’s deodorant and some flyers to other races.

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I missed the deadline before the price increased, so I waited and avoided the online registration fees and registered on race day. I even received a tech tee. Race day registration takes place in the basement of a bank, if you had a handicap, I haven’t noticed a good way to enter the basement.

Packet Pickup: Participants could grab their gear the day before the race and the day of the race in the basement of the bank. Someone else could grab your stuff.

Pre-Race: There was plenty of parking available at the nearby high school, but it was a short walk to the festivities. There were many port-o-potties available near the start/finish. Volunteers were even keeping them clean!

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There were other events happening before the 4 mile race, the 1/4 mile fun run and the 1 mile race. Announcements happened and music played over a loud speaker. With about 5 minutes before the start of the race, people started lining up next to estimated pace per mile signs. The National Anthem was performed live. 1500 racers were then sent on their way.

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Race/ Course: One loop on the city streets of Eldridge

  • paved, asphalt – potholes or cracks to watch out for, especially as it got darker
  • night race, course lined with luminares in most areas, some residents on course decorated with lights
  • lots of spectators, handing out beer in addition to high fives and blaring loud music
  • miles were marked, volunteer yelling time
  • water stops, paper cups
  • no photographers
  • flat, a few inclines
  • Volunteers at all intersections

I never have trouble navigating the course, but there were plenty of areas that were really dark, just need to be present and watch where you were going. The mile markers were hard to see, but when a volunteer was yelling the times, you knew where you were on the course. The residents who participate in the fun really make the course, there was a guy in a lit up suit dancing and playing guitar.

Finish/Post Race: There was an announcer at the finish, a banner above the street an overall time clock and a giant mural was painted across the street; it was easy to spot the finish line.  After the chip was clipped from your shoe, a volunteer handed runners ice cold bottled water. Then there were tables with strawberries, bananas, cookies, grapes and bomb pops. The final thing up exiting the finishers chute was a sprinkler system.

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Runners could redeem their beer tickets at the nearby beer tent for a Coors Light, Bud / Bud Light or Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Once out of the finishers area it was a little crowded but you could proceed back to the finish to cheer on other finishers. There was a computer set up scrolling results.

Overall: This race is always on my calendar, as I mentioned before, I love a small town summer festival, and when they have races that coincide with them, I try to run them. The price is right, and the organization gives the money back to the community. It’s not bucket list material, but if you are in the area, I would run it.

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Personal: This was my second race of the day, I didn’t set an expectations on how I would be finishing, but I always do my best. I was also joined by friends Kelly, Tereasa ( 2 year runiversay) and my sister Amber. Races are always more fun with friends.

I didn’t have the best start to the race, as we were just all standing around talking before the race, and when it was time to go, we just all took off. There was a lot of snaking around people, a game of Plinko, for the first mile.

I am not sure I ever felt the groove, but I pushed the entire race, and even though the air temp was cool, the humidity was a factor. I never let up.

I was also running in my new Buff – Thanks BibRave!!  I like to wear a hat or visor when the sun is out, but since this was a night race, I thought it would be the perfect time to test it out. It’s like a stretchy head band. I really wasn’t bothered by it, but it didn’t keep the sweat off my face, even though it was soaked after I was done racing. I’ll have more to say about this product as I get to wear it more.

I finished the race in a time of 35:01, so close to 34…but I’ll take it. Not a PR for this race, but still did my best. I stood by the finish and watched Amber, Kelly and Tereasa finish (she shaved 6 mins/mile off her time from 2 years ago, woohoo!!)

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Once we were all done, we chatted, grabbed our beers,and I purchased some kettle corn. The only downside to a 9pm race is scheduling when to eat and what to eat. By 11:20 it was time to call it a night. 

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Make sure to review your weekend races at BibRave.com 

2015 Shamrock Shuffle Giveaway – 3rd time’s the charm

That’s right, one more giveaway for the Shamrock Shuffle. Thanks for playing along all week. For this chance I am adding many new options for entry…OHHHH AHHHHH…the link for entry is below.

Still on the fence about entering for your chance to win?

  • Check out my review from last years inaugural event at BibRave.com.
  • Nike shirts!
  • Run in a fun costume
  • Proceeds donated to the United Way of Johnson & Washington County
  • Prizes at the race: Guiness Pint Glasses, Micky’s Gift Certificates, Running Wild Gift Certificates, Micky’s Shirts/Sweathshirts

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SOLD?!?!? you can register at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=120719

Race Details

Who: You, your family, your friends, your pet

What: Shamrock Shuffle 3.17km (1.969746679 miles)

Where: College Green Park, Iowa City, IA

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:30am.

Why: To show off your best green racing attire and have fun!

How: Click the link below, where it says “CLICK TO ENTER” (no worries it’s through rafflecopter)

One day contest, open February 20, 2015. Winner chosen Saturday Feb 21, 2015. One entry is all it takes for a chance to win. Share with your friends. Winner gets a race entry only, which includes the NIKE race shirt, bib and timing chip. The Micky’s Irish Pub post race brunch is not included.

CLICK THIS TO ENTER