The Rush Running Team was out in full force with Mike and his store employees timing the race. Last year this race was a little short so I was happy to note that the start/finish line had been moved to lengthen the race. We kicked off the race and it was fairly uneventful for me. The temps were low 70's but it felt hot with most of the course being in the sun. The course was an out and back that included two loops through two different neighborhoods. I got to see Lindsey as I exited the second loop just after mile 2. I also ran into a co-worker who was heading through town to the Big Ride on his bike. He rode next to me for a few seconds and we chatted.
I was disappointed in the lack of course support at this race. There were no directional arrows or signs anywhere on the course. I knew the course only from doing it the previous year. As I exited the first neighborhood loop, I ran into a walker who didn't know that she needed to go up one more street before turning. My sister who was run/walking made a similar comment that she just didn't know where to go. Also, there were a couple of street crossings that didn't have anyone there to manage cars for the runners. As I was finishing there were some kids near me running by themselves and I was worried that they wouldn't look for cars before crossing the street to return to the school.
Overall, the race went well and I think my time was around 29:06...good enough for 2nd in my age group! I was happy with that time since I hadn't run much during the week and it was HOT!!!
|A little race hardware!|
|My nephew Gavin after our one mile fun run.|