It was hard to get us all in one shot, so we took several of them!
The starting line was a bit disorganized. Everyone just crowded in at the start line and there didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason. I have found in these smaller races that this can happen. There are typically a lot of people who don’t run races very often, so you will find walkers, strollers, and people with dogs up at the front. I have no problems with walkers or strollers etc, but I admit that I do get a bit annoyed. It’s a matter of not knowing any better, but I think it’s common courtesy to move to the back of the crowd in those circumstances. There is certain race etiquette that I think people should learn before they go to a race for the first time (hmm, i feel another blog post coming on).
They did end up letting people go in waves which helped a bit, but they weren’t waves based on pace groups. So you still had a little chaos anyway.
This course isn’t know for its scenery unfortunately. It was actually fairly hilly and ran along the industrial park. So if you are looking for a race with a view….you need to go to DC for that. There was no view here! I had already ran this location at the Cupid 5K in February, so I was prepared for it.
Let’s talk water stations. Ok, listen…this is a 5K, 3.1 miles. Not the largest or longest race out there, however….typically you expect a water station with water already in cups ready to be handed out. NOT the case here. There was actually a single file line waiting for cups of water while 3 people scooped water out of coolers and handed them individually. Kind of created a back up. Definitely needs some improvement. We were lucky it was an overcast and dreary day and not a 100 degree day with 90% humidity. They definitely lucked out there.