|With Jennifer after the race.|
The 5K started at 8:15 am, right after the kids finished their race. The weather was surprisingly pleasant: 65F in July, low humidity, cloud cover, and breezy. The organizers advertised a relatively flat course. Yet again, I was blessed with conditions that I thought would help me beat my personal record (PR) of 26:59 (minutes:seconds).
I positioned myself in front of the starting line. It was a wide line, about 2 car lanes wide, so I didn't have to worry about blocking the fast runners.
|Devastated, I finished in 29:07. My GPS, however, revealed that the course was longer than a 5K. I kept this faux pax to myself and contemplated on whether I should tell the organizers. I never did tell them, but I might just send them this blog post.|
An hour at the outlets helped me forget my sorrows. My friends Nike, Reebok, and Under Armour, all came to my rescue
At the race, I met other runners: Jennifer and her son Tyler, Michaela and her grand parents. Michaela was training to run a 200-mile marathon relay. I've never ran a relay, and have been trying to form a team for a 26.2 marathon. A 200-mile marathon sounded astonishing. You can form a 12-member team and race through scenic trails and roads from 1 state to another. Find out more about the relay at Ragnar Relay Series.
Race FactsAddress: Swamp Pike and Ziegler Road Limerick, Pennsylvania 19468
Cause: Proceeds benefit the community park maintenance
Course: relatively flat asphalt road. No mile markers. 1 accessible on way out and back
Date and Time: Saturday, July 13, 2014 at 8:30 am
Kids Fun Run: separate run, plus if you bring your children, the staff can take care of them
Parking: Free and plenty
Participants: 88 including runners, walkers, dog walkers, stroller joggers, children
Post Race Nourishment: water, banana, snack bars
Price: $25-30 depending on when you register
Prizes: trophies to top 3 men, and 3 women and medals to top 3 men, and 3 women of each of the following groups:
Results: immediate; Online results were published Monday after the race
Restrooms: park restrooms
Shirt: cotton T-shirt
Water Stations: 1 accessible on way out and back
Website: http://www.limerickpa.org/departments_parksandrecreation.htm (click here to see page about the race)