This was a fun and funny race for me! My nephew is visiting from Florida and being a Old Home Days race, there was a Kid's Fun Run beforehand. It was a 1K...or was supposed to be! I guess all of the kids turned around at the first sign they saw and didn't run the whole distance! Whoops! At least all of the kids ran the same distance so no one had an unfair advantage :)
He ended up coming in third place and it was so funny when the organizer asked each kid where they were from and he was like "FLORIDA!" ...while we are in NH.
I ran the 5K, so did my mom. Since my nephew was with us and no one else in our family was at Old Home Days, he rode his bike along side my mom near the back of the pack so they weren't in anyone's way.
The 5K was an out and back, so I told my nephew I when they saw me after I turned around and was heading back, he should turn around and ride back with me. So I spent the 2nd half of the race yelling up to my nephew to ride his bike properly while we were going down hills to he didn't kill himself...please don't ride with no hands...stay on the side of the road....you know, the usual things you are doing while running a 5K! hahah
It was hilarious. At the very end I ran ahead and crossed the finish line then looped back on to the course to go tell my nephew "Don't ride your bike through the finish line!!"
After my mom finished, we watched the organizers hand out the top 3 finisher prizes and then headed up to Old Home Days.
Where we immediately found Laser Tag. I played this with my nephew for like 20 minutes, sprinting around the whole time....so basically I did run the 5 miler!
Formal Race Review:
Parking: I parked at the Fire Station and had no problems at all. We did get there early for the Kid's Fun Run, but parking didn't seem to be an issue.
Registration/Timing: I registered the day of and there was no line at all. Again, we got there a little early and before the rush! We still got t-shirts even with last second race day sign up, which was exciting! The only problem I had was that neither my or my mom's time showed up on the instant results TVs that Millennium Running had set up. I asked about it and the guy from Millennium Running said it was because someone forgot to enter in the computer if we were running the 5K or the 5 Mile, so they didn't know which TV to display our results on. Easy enough fix!
Facilities: I saw 2 Porta Potties in the parking lot at the fire station, not very many if you ask me! But the race was fairly small, so the need wasn't huge! There were more bathrooms across the street at Old Home Days too.
Course: The 5K course was an out and back, while the 5 Mile course was a loop. Since we did the 5K, we both ran the out and back, which I don't normally like, but since my nephew was biking and we passed him off when we saw each other, it actually worked out really well for this instance!
It was really hilly! Their slogan for this race is 5 Miles, 13 Hills! Ha! I should have had a clue! But it felt like nothing after my last race was a half marathon that was almost constant hills!
Post-Race: There was water, but no other drinks or food out for the runners. There was a ton of stuff to buy across the street at Old Home Days, but nothing complementary for runners, which is kind of a bummer.
Overall Review: I love a good small, home-town, impromptu race day sign up! Not having to drive far, getting an awesome tech shirt and a nice, shaded, hilly run was awesome :)
Final Verdict: This was a really fun race and I will definitely go back!
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