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This was the inaugural event for the Florida branch the organization. They had a 1mile, 5K and 10K races to choose from. I chose the 10K. The majority of the participants ran the 5K race, leaving just 56 of us to take on the extra 3.1miles. The weather was perfect race morning, cool and breezy. I had the opportunity to pick up my race packet early so I was all set to go! I arrived around 9am and the race didn’t start until 10am. I walked around the stadium and took a few pictures. I have to admit there wasn’t much to do. Around 9:45 they started the opening ceremony. The local police color guard were there to present the colors and a local girl sang the national anthem. They had a few different speakers from the head of the organization to a member that the program has helped. They also had some sponsors speak. A little after 10am we were all lined up and ready to run! Finally we were off!
They had the 5k/10K runners in the front and 1 mile walkers in the back. The course was an out and back loop. They had volunteers every mile or so directing runners and cheering them on. They had a total of maybe 4 water stations and some you could hit in both directions. There was a little bit of confusion as a 10K runner once you got to the 5K turn around, since the majority of runners where doing the 5K. Then finally the girl shouted 10K keep going straight. So me and only a few others kept running straight. It was almost a little sad to leave the pack. They had cones blocking the road and mile markers at every mile. There was only one person at the 10K turn around directing runners and cheering them on. Is it just me or does the way back always seem longer?
I ended up passing a few runners on the way back to the stadium. Before I knew it I made that last few turns and followed the cones to the back of the stadium. The finish was on the track around the stadium. They had flags marking the way and music playing. The only sad part was that most of the people had left by the time I finished. Granted running a 10K is twice the distance, so it takes twice the time, but it would have been nice to have more finish line support. This race was a PR for me and I felt like no one was there to celebrate. I crossed the finish line, got my medal and water and headed to home plate for a picture. I was very excited about my finishing time although my watch said the course was a little short of a full 10K. I did go out front after and run the extra .15 to make it a full 6.2miles.
After running the extra and taking a picture I did something I normally don’t do after a race and got the free celebration beer. Since I am a slower runner, I waited just a few min and they started awards. I sipped on my beer and watched as the fast runners received their medals. Although I did not place in my age group I did come out with a PR and at the end of the day its always Me vs. Me so I was happy!
I look forward to participating in this event next year and watching it grow!
Cheers to many more miles!
❤ Dr. Carrie