Registration was $20 a person which included a superhero cape (so cool) for the first 450 entries, a post-race goodie bag and a chip timed race (yep, even the 2K kids run was chip timed!)
Package pickup was held the day before the race, from 12pm to 4pm, at the elementary school as well as an hour before race kickoff. You could also pick up for other people which is always nice.
The 2K, kids event, started at 6pm so London and I headed down to the school grounds around 5:30. We met up with friend, chatted, and took some photos before it was time to line up.
They had the older children lineup at the front and the younger ones, and those pushing strollers, towards the back. We lined up towards the very back.
They had a few announcements and then it was go time! Since June, and I, were running the 5K after I suggested she join us for the 2K and use it as a warmup. The course was great. It was mostly flat and split between grass, trail and pavement.
London started off strong but, about half way through, said his body hurt and he needed to walk. Every time we would stop and walk he would start up running again. And, repeat.
By the time we approached the finish line, he was getting really upset and started crying! I wasn't sure if he was tired, or hungry, or a combination of both but I didn't know what was happening! He kept asking for hugs and kisses so I would give him one and then tell him "lets keep going buddy!" Of course, the MOMENT we crossed the finish line he had the biggest smile on his face. I think it helped he got a medal (sour key candy on a string) and a bag of post-race goodies (chips, apple and granola bar!)
LONDON'S FINAL TIME: 17:00
10th/23rd category (4 and under males)
255th/346th place overall
Before we knew it, it was time to throw on our 5K bibs and line up again for the 6:30 start.
This time, I was pushing London in the stroller. At first, he said he wanted to run again but I'm glad I convinced him otherwise. My secret goal was to pace June to a sub 30. She's been talking about it for ages and I know she has it in her! So, we took off together. The 5K course took us off school grounds and around a nearby lake. It had a few little hills but nothing major. We hit the half way point right on track but June said to leave her behind and keep running. Normally, I would have stayed but I could tell she needed a quick break so London and I took off running.
The volunteers along the course were awesome! London decided he wanted to high-five all of them so he would hold out his hand and yell "high-five" as we were approaching! They all obliged and he just loved it! It made the time fly by! The last .25 mile is all on grass. It's hard to push a stroller on grass! I slowed down a little but still wanted to finish in under 30 minutes.
FINAL TIME: 29:45
4th in my category
14th female overall
After the race, London and I waited for June. It turns out she was RIGHT behind us finishing a minute later at 30:48. She missed a PR by 6 seconds and didn't get her sub 30 but now she knows she CAN do it!! I have no doubts!!
We munched on our candy medals and waited for the results to be posted and then June and I sat around for a few minutes while London played on a nearby playground before stopping at the photo wall to grab a group photo.
We got a lot of compliments on our costumes. Not a lot of adults dressed up but I LOVE theme races! It's the first time I've raced with my hair down (and red lips) and it was so fun!
- well organized
- awesome volunteers
- great course
- chip-timed kids run
- yummy post-race goodies
- age group awards
- free photos
I will DEFINITELY do this race again!
Congratulations to the school, and the community, for raising over 12,000 dollars for a new playground!