I really shouldn't let myself get so behind on these! This race was in April and I'm just now posting a recap....a little behind!
This was the first time for this race. It was organized as a small fundraiser for a fallen police officer. It ended up WAY bigger than the organizers anticipated and with it being the first time they held a race, things were a little bit behind schedule.
Okay, they were a lot behind schedule.
It was a really cold and windy day, so that made for somewhat of a shorter patience level while waiting for almost an hour for the race to start. But the race was for a good cause so I couldn't leave. Not to mention that parking was off site and we were shuttled in. I won't lie I did think about just running back to my car because I was so cold.
I would have felt like a horrible person if I left since it was a charity race, so I sucked it up and waited for things to get started.
Once the welcomes began there were a number of touching words said before the national anthem and the race began.
At this point I had no expectation for this race. I was freezing and my mind was elsewhere. It was mostly little kids and families running and no one was lined up based on pace. (I sound like a real running snob here, but I am being honest!)
I just ran. Focused on my forward lean (my new favorite thing) and kept going.
And somehow I PRed.
Officer Stephen Arkell Community 5K
Swasey Central School, Brentwood NH
Parking: There were tons of designated parking areas in town with shuttles to bring everyone to the school. Shuttles are a little inconvenient because you don't have all of your gear close by, but there weren't long waits at the buses which was good!
Registration/Timing: I picked up my bib the day before the race. It was so nice that this race and bib pick up were so close to home! I usually have a little drive and this was only 10-15 minutes away. Bib pick up was organized and I was in and out.
Millennium Running handled the registration and timing. They brought their beloved Results Tent/Trailer where they show the results on a TV monitor. You tell the volunteer your bib number, they type it into a computer and your official results come up on the screen. Love it!
Facilities: There were a few porta-potties lined up for the runners and spectators. I was surprised there weren't more for the larger number of runners though.
Course: I liked this course a lot. It was a nice loop through quiet neighborhoods with minimal hills. There were a lot of people out at the end of their driveways cheering us on. The water stations were a little weird. They had multiple stops and were giving out water bottles (unless those were just generous neighbors) and one regular stop with water in cups.
Swag: No swag :)
Post-race there were lots of things available for purchase, but I didn't have any money. It was in my car which I needed a shuttle to get to! There was water and fruit for free.
Overall Review: I liked the race once it began! It was a nice loop and not too hilly. I was shocked that I PRed!
Will I Return? I'm not sure if I will return to this race. It's nice to do a race so close to home, but it will depend on my race schedule next year if I come back.
Official Net Time: 25:53
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance