If you want a fast down and back course in Bonita Springs, the this is the race for you! Since it was the first year of this race there were only about 30 runners. Hopefully with more promotion, next year the race will grow. I only stumbled upon this race by looking over FL races on active.com. I knew I wanted to run at least a 5K this past weekend and this one happened to be in my backyard (literally, I live off the street we ran down). My only complaint about the race was they didn’t have the start time posted on active.com and I had to send a few messages and search till finally late the night before I found out it was an 8:30am start.
The check-in process was very smooth and everyone was friendly. The race started promptly at 8:30am. Although most of the runners were a group of young boys (local track team I guess) there were some individual runners like myself. Everyone was so speedy, which I was sad about at first but now am thankful for since it pushed me to be faster. I ended up pacing with a nice lady running the same 10min/mile pace. I found that very comforting since everyone else was on their way back before I knew it! They had a water stop about 1 mile in and since it was a down and back course you could also catch it on the way back. The weather was perfect so personally no water was needed, especially since it was only a 5K. They did have water bottles and plenty of snacks at the finish.
They had police and volunteers blocking the roads and cheering on the runners. It was great to see how everyone came together even for a super small race. The rotary club did a great job with layout and organization. They even had someone taking a few pictures as runners made their way across the finish line (see below).
It was a great course for a PR and PR I did! I was so excited to push myself to cut 3 min off my 5K pace. I thank the speedy runners for pushing me. This made me have a special appreciation for smaller races. Normally during big races there are a lot of slower runners and you tell yourself its ok to slow down. Not in a small race, you challenge yourself more, and that I did! I placed 1st in my age group! Ok so I was the only one in my age group but since I had an awesome new PR I was super excited to get a first place medal as well. Plus it was a first place finish personally ;).
Overall great race experience and I hope to be able to participate again next year!
Cheers to many more miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie