Friday was First Friday on the Bentonville Square and the Bentonville School Foundation hosted a 5K run with the festivities. The First Friday is a fun celebration that happens once a month and brings out all kinds of food vendors, music and dancers, and vendor booths that relate to the theme for the month. May had a general spring theme and included martial arts demonstrations and a French vendor selling all kinds of crepes!
Back to the race! The race had a 6:30PM start time and I got down to the square around 5:30. There was hardly anyone around for the race even though nearly 700 people were registered. Various team members were hanging around and eventually everyone headed off in their own directions for warmup. I chose a warmup route that was flat and took me by my friend Kyla's house. She hadn't left yet for the race so she joined up with me for the return to the square. We got back and the people had all magically appeared! There were lines at the porta potties so we headed down to a top secret one at the construction site for the future Splash Pad/Ice Rink site just a block away. Nikki had pointed it out during the start of the warmup and I didn't think I would actually be heading back to it.
|The Starting Line of the Race|