My 14th 5K race was on June 14, 2014 (I couldn't have planned it better). It was titled the "Race for Life." the first 5K organized by the Knights of Columbus Council 4282. I've run through parks, cities, and residential areas, but this is my first business park run.
|A clear cool morning at JBN|
The race was scheduled to start at 9 AM so I arrived at 8:15. I like to be early so I can check out the area and internalize everything. The Just Be Natural (JBN) parking lot on Courtney Street in Bethlehem, PA where the race was to start and end was already busy. Some runners were warming up on one side of the lot while a masseuse worked on a runner in another corner. I met some participants while waiting for the race to start. Lisa and her husband Alex were promoting another 5K in September. Then, I spoke to another runner who was wearing a shirt from the Kreidersville Challenge (my 12th race).
Registration went so well that we were afoot at 8:55 am. Over 70 runners of all ages raced through the relatively flat terrain. There were no mile markers and no water stations, but there were a few volunteers who directed traffic, cheered, and held up motivational posters.
|Jessica, Julianne, and me|
After the race, I was honored to meet the speedy mom, Jessica. She was running with her 2-year old daughter, Maya, in the stroller. I also learned that Jessica was 4-months pregnant.
Although Jessica inspired me to run faster than I normally would, it was not enough for me to pull a sub 25-minute race. At the finish chute, my GPS showed that the course was short by half a mile.
The organizers apologized for "issues" and understandably did not mention the deficit.
I don't know how the oversight happened. As I said before, this was the Knights of Columbus Council 4282's first race, and like many firsts, there are kinks.
Would I count this towards my 50 5K? I signed up for a 5K and thought I was running it. This shortage was beyond my control, so yes, I am counting this. I don't consider this finish time as a personal record, though am still proud to show off my ribbon and water bottle for placing 1st in the women's group aged 40-49.
About this Race
Date and Time: Saturday, June 14 , 2014 at 9 am
Course: flat, asphalt
Post Race Food: bananas, protein bars, and water