The decision to run this 5K was born out of a random conversation that we had had a few weeks ago on Facebook, as Kat was working to best a previous 5K PR. I told her that I wanted to dress in a costume and chase her around the city, but apparently, she preferred being paced, instead. While we did not hit the goal time today, we both placed in our age groups (my last time in the 25-29!!) and considering the pollen/allergens were out in full force, we felt it was still a WIN. The course is flat and fast (very few turns) and showcased several scenic points.
The race itself was very well organized, and for $25, I felt it was money well spent. The funds raised support the Lions Eye Institute Foundation, which works to research eye diseases, fund programs which enrich the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired, and educate the general public about related issues.
Other awesome benefits of this race:
- Great pre-race refreshments (water, bananas, granola bars)
- Nice cotton race tees
- Real restrooms in Centennial Park
- Age Group Awards (3 deep) including a medal, and for 1st in AG, I got a $5 Starbucks gift card!
- Great post-race yumminess – there was black beans and rice, with cuban bread, from the historic Columbia Restaurant
I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this event, and it’s definitely one I would consider repeating.
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