Erica was the race director for this event and she did a great job. She spent the last couple of months calling local business and asking for sponsorship – ended up getting support from Woodhouse, American Broadband, No Frills, Scheels, Fernando’s Mexican Food, Great Harvest Bread Company and RoadID. I helped as much as I could, promoting the event, marking the course and finding a timing system to use. We had close to thirty runners, with 7-8 signing up the day of the race.
She even designed the shirt – and it looks AWESOME!
She called everybody to the start, gave some background about the Hall Steps Foundation and a little direction about the 5 kilometer course and we were off! The course started off with a long downhill and was flat for a couple of blocks. Then there was a sharp right turn and we went up a steep hill, then right back down. I hung out in third for a while and moved into second at the first big hill. From there it was flat for another block or two then there was a long gradual hill, with a steep hill at the top. The water station was nested in a corner, right before another downhill segment. That was pretty much how the whole course went, up and down hills. Here is from an earlier time when I ran it:
There was around 400 feet of elevation change, which is a lot for a road 5k! I never did catch up with the leader (Mr Craig Christians) and ended up second in 19:22.
(bib #1 - very exciting)
The kids’ run was a lot of fun to watch, and I ran it with my nephew. It was his first race, at 2 years old! He even got a finisher ribbon to show off. Here we are lining up at the start:
at the finish:
and receiving his ribbon:
We ended up raising a few hundred dollars for the Hall Steps Foundation, and nobody was injured or rushed to the hospital!