Dam! 7 more miles

Dam Backpocket 7 Miler

My last post alluded to this race, it was my second race of the day.

I am no stranger to this event, it would be my 4th time participating… and I have questioned doing this race ever again, but here I am… writing the review.

I had picked up my bib, shirt and pint glass the night before at the Brewery. I did have to re-sign a participation wavier, which seemed strange. However, it was easy peasy. In and out in like 2 minutes.

For an official race review, check bibrave.com

The 2017 race was on Saturday, August 19th at 5pm. There are 2 events, a 7 miler and a 5k. Both are point to point, and require you take a shuttle to get to the start – at 4pm. It was a hot day (not as hot as past events) about 80 ish degrees and sunny.


I arrived with enough time to park in the UIHC ramp, about a block or so away. It was the advertised place to park, and it was FREE. I grabbed my things and was on my way to a shuttle bus.

Gear: Donut Sparkle Athletic Skirt, Bibrave Tech hat, Adidas shorts, Danskin tank, Zensah Traction socks, spi belt, xx2i France Sunglasses, Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, New Balance Shoes

I stepped onto the first shuttle bus, and found a seat. It was hot inside there…but it was nice to sit and not have to hustle anywhere. The bust loaded with runners, and I saw Joel – from Springville Quarry fame. It was his first time at the race.

When the bus was full, the driver was given instructions to leave. It was only a 10-15 minute ride to the start, & it was nice to have some wind coming through the windows.

As one of the first to depart the bus, I was also one of the first to use one of the three port-o-potties that were supplied. These were located at the bus drop of location, which was not the starting line. There was also a spot with water, fill your own cups. A rental type moving van was there working on setting up some music, but I feel we heard 3 songs and he packed up.

Also since I was on the first bus, there was a lot of time to stand around in the direct sunlight before the race started. I could have went to seek shade, but shade was a short walk. I was also just tired and cranky.


I did run into some more running friends, Wendy – she has run all 4 prior years of the race. I also chatted with Tim from the 100 Miles in November group.

5 pm was finally getting closer…so I made my way up the hill to the starting line on top of the dam. The road was still open to traffic, so we all stood to the side and waited for the official time to line up. I said “Hi” to Dan and Horacio of the Run319 group.

As soon as some cars wanted to get across the dam, the starting line timing mat was rolled across the road, so those cars had to wait. I am not sure if there were any announcements made, I heard nothing. I also chose to start in the back, I knew the course, and the first hill would be slow for me.

The race was on… UGH…. it took a while for me to find my groove… and the chafe… all the chafe… I thought I had put on enough crap before this one… but I did not. It wasn’t until after the top of that first hill, I was finally feeling like me.

After that & because I started in the back… I was finally passing people… that was fun, an ego boost. I then pushed the pace and was rolling….

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It wasn’t until about mile 4.5 -5 that I hit the wall. There is another hill in the Peninsula area, it’s right after a water stop and a right turn… I had to walk… UGH… once at the top, I tried to get rolling again, but it wasn’t as fast.

The course is all on pavement, and there is not much shade. There are many water stops, some with Gatorade. I always had to ask which they were serving to me, always in a paper cup. There were mile markers and I saw some photographers on the course. (I have yet to receive any notice of where these are posted)

I rolled to the finish area, heard some GO ANGIE’s, but I didn’t slow or turn to look, I don’t want to trip and fall at the finish line.

My time of 1:11 was good enough for 6th in my AG, I had a sub 10 minute pace, which I was very happy about, considering a solid half marathon in the morning, and being away for over 16 hours.


Once at the finish, I was handed a bottle of water. There was nothing else here, to claim a Kashi bar, banana and your free beer, you had to go to the beer garden. Oh yeah… this race ends at the Backpocket Brewery.

Now, you might be wondering where was Josh during this whole day… well he was busy with work…but he came to the finish party at the brewery. WAHOO!!! We stood around waiting for the results, drinking beer and chatting with Dan and Wendy. The interesting part was they were not checking off your bib, or you didn’t have to turn in a ticket for your beer… so Josh got a beer too!  Wendy was able to get a soda instead, but she had to hunt down the RD for this to happen.

It was time for the awards, congrats to Wendy, her husband John and Dan as they all placed in their age groups.

After the awards it was time for the stein holding contest. Not only does the winner get bragging rights, but they also win free beer for a year.


Josh was ready to call it a day, but I had to watch this. It wasn’t the first year they had done this, but I had never had time to watch before. It was a good time, the facial expressions on some of the contestants – priceless.


Ok, it was time to leave… so Josh and I walked up to Fuzzy Tacos for supper, and then called it a day and went home. I was exhausted!!!


So, my overall thoughts on this race… it wasn’t as bad as years past… or did I already know what I was getting myself into? It’s a fine race, people want to run it as it ends at the brewery. It is pricey close to the race day, so register early. The race shirt was a boxy unflattering gray, I miss the first year, fitted Nike shirts. I would also like some shade at the starting line.

So what’s next on the race schedule? Well.. I might run the New Bo Half Marathon, then I should sign up for the Pleasant Creek trail run on Sept 16 – I would have time for one loop and still make it to the 2:30 football game, maybe? Then run the North Face Endurance Challenge 13.1 the next day- after a 2 am wake up call, that sounds like a fun weekend…. Then there is always the Quad Cities Marathon – not signed up…. Rolling into October, I signed up to volunteer at the Chicago Marathon, then it’s the Detroit Marathon…. then it’s the Urban Bourbon Half… and then in November back to Madison for the IA/WI followed by a marathon….. ok whew.. I think that’s enough…

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BTN B1G 10k

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It shouldn’t be news to you that I am a HUGE Hawkeye sports fan. I grew up 20 ish miles from the University of Iowa Campus, I idolized my hometown Hawkeye – Marv Cook, it took me 5 years – but I graduated from the U of I, and I never left. Yes – I love my Hawkeyes.

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a run past Kinnick Stadium

I also love running…again this shouldn’t be a surprise…LOL.

Enter the B1G 10k in Chicago on July 23.

Now this is not my first time participating at this event. I did this race in one of the first years, and again in 2016. One of the coolest things about this race is the swag, your race shirt is the Big Ten team of your choice, alternating the main colors every other year. I have always received the gold – but it’s really yellow – shirt. I think I am most excited to finally get the black shirt this year. If you are just a fan of colleges ports, you can choose a generic BTN shirt too.

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Ok, shirts aside…. there is also the great post race tailgate atmosphere, beers, sausages, team tents with trophies, and much more.

BUT DID YOU KNOW about the SPIRIT AWARD? In addition to the overall award winners, and the Big Ten Bonus Prize, there is an award for the most spirited fan.

BTN is looking for the most die-hard Big Ten fans at the BTN Big 10K! Post your most spirited photos on race day using the #BTNBig10K hashtag for your chance to win!

So – get out the face paint, maybe you have a home made mascot costume? Then tweet or gram your photos with the above hashtag for a chance to win one of these prizes:

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Only photos submitted on a public Twitter or Instagram account on July 23, 2017 will be eligible for entry 

I’ll be honest, it’s one of my biggest challenges to wear the BibRave Orange as a Hawkeye fan. Last year I made sure to put on some temporary tattoos, a Hawkeye hat, and sparkle skirt. I will have to get creative this year, the prizes are awesome!

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Register today with code BibRaveBTN17 for a bonus drink bottle – http://btnbig10k.com/

So what have you done to support your favorite sports team?

 

Blue Grass 5k

2017 Blue Grass 5k – Race Review


The 2017 event was held as part of the Blue Grass Days weekend. The 5k and one mile race was on Friday, June 2,. The 1 mile started at 6pm and the 5k at 7pm. It was sunny, hot and around 84 degrees.I have run this race beforeoh I know you are shocked to learn this information! However, I hadn’t run in 3 years, it’s the same weekend as Hospital Hill in Kansas City. With no race on the schedule this year, I was in need of something, and then I remembered this race, plus I could hang with my sister, Amber and niece, Ella.

I was in contact with my sister during the day. I was curious if Ella was going to run the kids race. At the time, I wasn’t sure what distance it was or what time it started. Ha, yeah…. I just knew when I needed to leave to get to the 5k, and still have enough time to register.

At 4:50 pm, Amber texted and said, Ella was going to run the mile, WAIT, WUT?  Ok….. I was at work…and still needed to wrap things up, and get my running gear on – then drive the 40 minutes to the race.

It was the quick change performance of a lifetime, and I was in Blue Grass in a flash. My biggest issue was parking. It’s a super small town, but at the same time, I didn’t want to take a parking spot for a resident, or be in a towing zone. I finally just parked my car, and hustled to the Community Center.

It was 5:49 pm, plenty of time, and Amber and Ella weren’t even there yet. I was registering for the 5k, a whopping $10 – yes, let’s take a minute here, $10 an hour before race start – with chip timing. I could spend $10 more and get the short sleeve, unisex tech shirt if I wanted too. Amber rolled in and paid $5 for Ella to run the mile. In seconds, she had a bib and a timing chip attached, and was at the starting line.

6:00 pm. Ella had never run this far, EVER. I was going to run it with her, just to make sure nothing weird happened. I am not sure what the deal was, but the one mile race was only kids, all younger than 12? There were also not very many of them. I wondered if anyone could run the mile?

After a short delay and some direction from the RD about which way to go, the race started. Ella shot off, I jumped in beside her, and we were on our way.

The course was an out and back, all on paved surface, but many spots to be aware of, and not trip. The course was closed to traffic.


There was one other girl running, the rest were boys. The other girl had a guardian with her too, otherwise all the kids were out there by themselves. Ok, so there was a water stop…. but it was strange.

Ella and I moved along, it was hot and I was worried she would feel sick or something. However, that was far from the truth. Before the turnaround, she was skipping and even said “This is fun!” We turned around and she saw some of her friends on the course. I encouraged her to thank all the police officers at the intersections. We passed the water stop, which she insisted she did not need, and we kept moving.

It was time to make the sprint to the finish line. I ditched her, I had a timing chip on my shoe that couldn’t cross the finish mat… but mostly so she could finish on her own. She crossed the finish line in 10:38 – DAMN GIRL!! She ran the entire race, I was and still am so proud!!


There was now a lot of time to waste until the 5k. Ella had her post race popsicle and really wanted to go check out the carnival and festivities that were happening in town. We managed to keep her distracted until the start of the 5k, by running into my friend Dan, and his dog Phil. They were going to do the 5k too.

Just before 7pm, the RD made some announcements, making sure to thank everyone, and I mean everyone. Then there was a nice live singing of the National Anthem.

I lined up, and took off… weee – Amber even snapped a picture of me – HEY!


As I said, I have run this before, but I should mention it was a much simpler race. There was no chip timing, you finished and grabbed a popsicle stick to determine your placement. The course, while the same also went the opposite direction the previous time. I overhead someone talking about this, so I inquired why the route was run in the opposite direction. I learned that the runners wanted the hill towards the beginning versus the end of the race.  I rolled my eyes… this course is relatively flat with a small hill… looking at my Garmin / Strava stats… there was a total of 46 feet of climbing – sigh… and that hill was 20 feet…so yeah…people need to stop whining about hills, and just run them.

I was actually gonna try and race this…yes it was hot, yes I haven’t really done any speed work, but what the heck, why not? Just before the first water stop – which was full 16 oz plastic bottles (that I took a sip and handed to Ella) – I saw one of my sister’s friends…it was my goal to beat her. So just after the first mile, it was on!!

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It was all I could do to catch her… I did pound out an 8:37 first mile though – go me! I caught up with her just before mile 2, which I ran at 8:50 – and for me that’s still speedy – Also it was 84 degrees on pavement or asphalt, – HOT! Soo now what… ugh cotton mouth – I need to stop spitting – I’m gross. The second water stop had plastic cups and a hose spraying water, I tried not to slow down, so the person wouldn’t pass me, but I took a much needed drink.

I think every member of the area fire department or law enforcement was on the course, blocking every intersection. The entire course is closed to traffic, shutting down the easiest way around. I would like to thank all the volunteers who put up with the small minded people who couldn’t wait 5 minutes to cross the road. I saw 2 incidents of pissy people throwing a fit because the road was closed and they couldn’t wait or go around.

Whew, now time to push that last mile… there was one more water stop with paper cups, I stopped. Yep, a 5k with 3 water stops – THANK YOU! I also didn’t take much time here…and I had also gained on my competition, even though I was slowing down…my third mile was 8:56…however still sub 9 – wahoo!

I made that last turn, and saw Amber and Ella cheering me in. I crossed the finish line with a time of 27:3? which was good enough for 4th in my AG…always 4th…I was a convincing 4th place though, it wasn’t close. The 35-39 AG is very competitive – I would have won the 30-34 .


I hung around for a while, chatted with others ate my post race popsicle. Ella finally got to go to the carnival area. We reconvened and waited for the awards ceremony, indulging on our free “beers.” Ella and I got a wooden nickel with our registration to redeem for a free drink. I don’t care for the beer selection they offered so I took a soda, and Amber used Ella’s for a Coors Light.


We cheered as the awards were presented. Ella’s name was announced as the female winner of the mile – WAHOOOOO!!!!! She all the sudden was very shy and grabbed my hand and pulled me along to the stage to collect her trophy. The kid got a trophy! It was pretty cool.


It was getting late, and I had to stop back at work and gather my things, and eventually get home. We ended the evening with a celebratory ice cream from Casey’s.


As far as the race goes, I can not recommend it enough. $10 on race day, with chip timing, free beer, flat course, accurate 3.1 miles…what more could you ask for? Ok, small town Iowa, but I have paid more and gotten less, so do this race!


I also hope Ella will continue to think running is fun. I may have to order us matching unicorn / rainbow running skirts.

 

Freezefest 2017

Corridor Running Freezefest 5k

I am so excited to have something to write about. I ran and volunteered at the Freezefest 5k or should I say “Warmfest.” (More on that later.)


As most of you know, I am on the board of my local running club, Corridor Running. This is the first race of the year for the club. In addition to running, and creating the playlist for the event, I was on board to take pictures, post to social media, shoot video and anything else they needed me to do.
For my official race review – check out bibrave.com

Gear: Ice Cream Sparkle Athletic Skirt, xx2i France2 sunglasses, Garmin Fenix 3, Go Pro, Adiddas boy shorts, Lululemon shirt, Corridor Running Trucker hat, spi belt,  2xu Vectr socks, aftershokz


The event always takes place in February, and it has a later start time of 11 am. It is in Marion, IA at Squaw Creek Park. This is mostly due to the weather. It can be cold or as we saw this year, record warmth, nearing 60 degrees.

*Personally, I would rather have a race start at 7 or 8 am. I run in all weather conditions, so I would just like to get up and get it done.

This is a smaller race, and it’s capped at 350 participants due to the lack of parking.. This means that packet pickup is the day of the race, which works out well because of the late start I was whining about above. Anyway…. the lodge allows room for an easy packet pick up as well as an area to get information about upcoming Corridor events & membership. It’s also a good location to stay warm, if the weather is cold. There is also indoor plumbing, however the system seems to get overwhelmed and backs up….but don’t fear there are extra, clean port-o-potties set up outdoors.

It was time to start the race. While there were no signs encouraging people to line up according to pace, everyone did an excellent job of self seeding.  Mark – the club president said some words, and then the National Anthem was sung live, however if you were in the back of the corral, you might not have been able to hear it.

With this being a 5k, my usual goal is to run it sub 30 minutes, however I had a Go Pro in one hand and my phone in the other. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to tackle all of this.

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The race course wasn’t too difficult, it was basically flat, and on all paved surfaces. Ok, so the finish was uphill and there were some potholes….but totally manageable. The course also has out and back type sections, so you can cheer on the others.


I crossed the finish line, while watching the clock…SUB 30!!! My official results:


After I was done running, I picked the camera back up and snapped some pictures of the award winners. Then I went to check out the post race food, since it was lunch time. Volunteers called the “cookie monsters” brought a lot of baked goods, and there were 2 different types of homemade chili. There were some sandwiches and fruit too. I waited too long and there wasn’t much food left, and I don’t care for chili, so I grabbed a cookie. There was also lots of beverages – bottled water, sodas, and some Miller Lite.

I really needed to get on my way, there was Hawkeye basketball game at 1pm… I was already late.

This is a great race! The price is right and it gets you out of the winter funk. The club does a great job too, everything runs smoothly. I also like getting to socialize with everyone. I also forgot to mention, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Boys & Girls club.


See you at the next Corridor Running event, the Shamrock Shuffle – PS registration is still open. There is a 3.17k and a 6.24k. They could also use volunteers.

Keep up with Corridor Running: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram & don’t forget to tag #corridorrunning

 

 

 

Why Should you Run Timber Trek?

The Top Reasons to Run Timber Trek

Hey all … I am part of my local running club, Corridor Running. From time to time I will feature some posts relating to the club. Today we have the top 10 reasons to run Timber Trek in the Amana Colonies.

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What is Timber Trek?

This is a 4.3 mile trail run that begins and ends at the Amana Colonies RV Park, following along Price Creek and looping through the Amana Timber that borders the area. The race has obstacles including hills and a creek crossing. Prepare to have fun while getting wet and muddy! It’s a challenging, but fun event. It takes place Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2pm at the Amana Colonies RV Park, 3890 C St, Amana, IA.

Why should you run Timber Trek? With a little help from the board at Corridor Running, we give you the top 10 reasons to participate:

  1. Oktoberfest!!!! That’s right, there’s a party! Make sure to check the website for all the events taking place in Amana, including a keg tapping party, a parade, demonstrations and a brat eating contest to name a few.
  2. Escape game day in Iowa City – Hannah says, “The atmosphere – for individuals looking to avoid Iowa City on game day, why not spend the day in the Amana Colonies racing and drinking beer while celebrating Oktoberfest? “
  3. Finishers medals – what better way to celebrate #medalmonday (it’s a thing) than with a medal. Bring it to work, have the kids show it at school. It’s yours! Nikki reminds us you will have “Bragging rights for a lifetime!”
  4. BEER! – now that I have your attention 🙂 An ice cold brewski will pair nicely with a post race brat! 
  5. The Challenge – did you run “all the 5ks” this summer and are tired of pounding the pavement, well you are ready for this challenge on the trails. See what you are capable of, push yourself!
  6. Trail – maybe this is one of my favorite reasons, I love to run on trails! It’s great to be out in nature, no stoplights to wait for, no cars to run you over – maybe you will even see a deer. Mark reminds us there are “no bears.”
  7. Add to your circuit points – What is that you ask? Well as a member of Corridor Running you can enter into a spreadsheet, the races you have run in the area, for points. Then in January of next year (when the points are tallied) you could win prizes!!!
  8. Set a new PR – If this is your first time – you will set an instant PR, because who has run a 4.3 mile race before? I mean you would really have to take a wrong turn at a 5k to get to 4.3 miles, and an 8k is just under 5 miles…. so today is your day at that shiny new PR!
  9. MUD!!!!! – Thanks to board member Kelly for the 5 exclamation marks 🙂 Don’t be afraid to have some fun and get a little dirty. How else are you going to prove you were on the course? Mark says mud is good for the complexion.
  10. Support the Amana Parks Department – They are responsible for managing the land the event takes place. Thank you in advance!

Still not convinced? If you are a member of Corridor Running you will get a discount on your registration, this is done on step 2 of the online registration.

Save $5 and register online, don’t forget it closes Sept 30 at midnight!!! Shirt sizes are guaranteed through Sept 17. You can also register on the day of the race from 11:30am to 1:45pm.

 

There isn’t a 10k?

I went a whole week without running a race (GASP!) Now that you are over that shock, I did volunteer at the Health Solutions Fifth Season Race on the 4th of July, so I was still involved with a race. I should write a post about volunteering at a race…I know my local area could always use more volunteers, it’s how races happen.

Anyway, I did have a couple of options to run a race July 9th in my area, you know sleep at home, no hotel cost…One of those races was the Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot in North Liberty, which I ran last year and wasn’t too excited to run again…so I picked the second option, and that was what I thought was going to be a 10k in Mt. Vernon for their Heritage Days celebration.

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I drove to Mt. Vernon, and was there before race day registration closed before 7:30. I filled out the paper form and noticed there was no option for the 10k, so I asked…and the lady couldn’t figure out why people were asking about it…CHANGE YOUR WEBPAGE INFORMATION!!! It still links to a 10k…So I decided I was already there, paid the $25 race day fee, and got a unisex short sleeve cotton t-shirt. I picked up the timing chip that would go on my bib, and said hi to Jeff & Candy, they must time a race every weekend.

I had time to do some warming up, since I hadn’t raced a 5k I think since the Easter Egg Scramble in April. I ran a mile, then did some stretches and more walking. I was at the starting line with 5 minutes to go, with only like 5 other people. Small town racing folks…

Ok once everyone was at the starting line at about 8am, there were some announcements and thank yous, then a kid clapped 2 boards together to signal the start. We were off…told to stay to the left so the timing crew could get to the finish, which was not at the start.

When I run a 5k, my first goal is to run it sub 30 minutes, next goal is to try and actually “race” it. I was working hard to not start to fast, I past the first mile marker, and the water stop in a time of 9:28. I also thought I would skip this water stop, because if there was water the the first mile, there would be another stop later.

I battled the hills, and uneven pavement cracks and hit mile 2 at 9:11. I though, “oh maybe I can run the last mile faster yet” “wonder if there is a water stop?”

I felt my watch buzz at mile 3 and saw the time of 8:57, dang, negative splits!!!! I was feeling good, although a bit hot. The turns in the course had parts where there was no air moving, and I never saw another water stop after mile 1.

I came close to the finish area, which was on the high school track. It wasn’t the best terrain to get to the track though. It was clearly marked, but we had to cross a grass section, and step over the lip to the track, to then finish on the actual finish like, which was cool.

There were cups and a water jug available at the finish area, and you could get a receipt with your finishing time, the results were also taped up. The finish food and awards were back at the start area, so after a short walk you could then get the post race granola bar of skittles and some blue Gatorade.

I got my printed receipt and discovered I had finished 5th in my AG with a total time of 28:27, HEY that’s exactly what my Garmin had, am I good or what??!??!?

I’m too lazy to fix the upside down picture 🙂

Ok so I didn’t place, so after I grabbed a granola bar and some Gatorade I was on my way to hit the trail near Solon on my way home for some additional miles.

I had a decent race, but I am not going to make it a point to run this event next year. It was too expensive or anything, it just wasn’t anything special.

Some follow up with my post race miles, I am documenting something new…weird shaking and feeling hungry. Signs of low blood pressure or hypoglycemia. Earlier in the week I had a case of the shakes and even felt like I was going to black out, eating helped a bunch, and I thought it passed.

This particular morning I had my usual coffee and peanut butter toast before the 5k, I did feel hungry again before I raced, but I had the post race granola bar, and hit the trails. I was going to run 3 out & back, I made it 2.42 and there was that feeling again…so I turned around and struggled back to my car, where I had some water, but could then drive to the convenience store for some food.

I am staying on top of this, trying to eat small snacks every 2 hours, and I hope to get a blood test soon. I have already made one call where a nurse told me “You have to be experiencing symptoms before they administer a test.” I am like I need to arrive like I am going to pass out?  I will try to get to an Urgent Care clinic next.

I really want to run my July marathon this next weekend, so I am hoping for positive things to happen. I will have details soon, hoping to have you join me.

Keota Fun Run 10k

I know I have a problem, but hey I could have worse addictions. Running all the races is a good problem to have until the bank account is empty.

That’s right I had an open weekend, and I saw a race in my neck of the woods (meaning I could sleep in my own bed), so I signed up on race day to take on the mean streets of Keota, IA.

I added this to Bibrave too, so add your review if you ran.

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I woke up early and grabbed my race belt, some extra water and ventured out on the 45 minute drive, through Amish country.

The 2016 event took place Saturday, June 11 at 8 am, at the Keota Community Schools. It was humid about 70ish degrees. partly sunny.

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I think my favorite thing about this race was the price, only $15 on race day !!! Registration: Early rate was a flat $10 for all events with a guaranteed unisex cotton short sleeve shirt. The price increased and topped out at $15 for all events, shirts were first come, first serve. You could print out the registration form from the web and send it in, or register on race day. No online registration.

Expo/Packet pick-up: No expo…you could double check you were registered on race day. No bibs.

At the time I registered, my name was the only one written in for the 10k. This is a small race, I love small community races. This race is also part of the town’s summer celebration, parade & activities throughout the day.

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Pre-race: Plenty of parking on the school grounds or on nearby side streets. The school was open for access to the bathroom. Music pumping on a loud speaker. Announcement made to line up. No National Anthem. No corrals. The start line was painted on the street between 2 orange cones. All 3 races started at the same time, 10k,5k, 1mile.

I just put myself on the left side of the pack, as there was a small split in the courses where the 10k would go left.

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Race/Course: For the most part the race was an out and back course on the edge of town.
-flat, one hill at the 10k turnaround, but nothing steep
-all on the roads, some asphalt, some country highway, could run on the gravel shoulder, not close to traffic
-no spectators, except random family members
-2 water stops, in styrofoam cups, one at the turn around, and one you could hit on both the out and the back…one additional water stop set up by residents of town with plastic cups (but was only set up for the short distance)
-scenery – cornfields and houses
-no photographers
-course marked with spray paint on the road

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I started out way too fast, posting sub 9 minute miles, but at the first turn for the race, I saw the only other female in the 10k and I was challenging myself to keep ahead…finally the humidity caught up to me and I stopped to take a water, then slowed the pace to sub 10 min miles… I did manage to push myself to a 56:57 minute finish. Which placed me as the overall female winner, but don’t let that fool you, I was also 3rd from last. (I will be getting a plaque with my name engraved!!!)

One other thing that was confusing or what have you…the race runs part of a county road, which is not closed to traffic. Yes, there is law enforcement at the intersections, but there was no encouragement for participants to run on the side of the road, facing traffic. In fact, at the turn around a guy was still running on the center line. I get that it’s a race, but it’s super small and they did get permits to close the road.

Finish/Post Race: There were cones set up at the finish line that was sprayed on the road. A volunteer pressed the split time on a stop watch, and another gave you a popsicle stick with your placement. There was a tub with ice cold bottled water outside. Proceeded indoors to turn in your stick, so they could write down where you finished on a piece of paper. Bagels, oranges and bananas available inside.

A note on the popsicle stick method. There is not timing system, except for a volunteer with a stopwatch. When you cross the finish line, one volunteer clocks your time, and the other gives you a numbered popsicle stick with your placement in the race. You then turn that in to the person tallying the results. Easy peasy!

Once all finishers were in, the results were tallied and awards were handed out. Overall winners got plaques (will be engraved with your name) and everyone else got AG medals.

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It seemed there were a lot of participants in the one mile distance, and only like 10 in the 10k. So I challenge the ladies especially, to show up next year and run the 1ok. Let’s show Keota, women can run all the distances too!

Overall: Excellent no hassle small town race, and the price….$15 for a race day 10k…can you beat that!?!?!??!

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I really wish I didn’t have so many other things to do, but I left town. It was hard to get out of town as all the GIANT tractors were rolling in for the parade, not a lot of room on the roads to pass by. I wish I could have stayed for the parade and festivities, there’s always next year, plus I will have to defend my 10k title. 🙂