Anne (left) and Maritza (right) placed 2nd and 1st, respectively in the
50-59 Age Group. Maritza finished in 22:54.
First and foremost, posts made via Facebook are not searchable. If you were interested in reading about a race from 2 weeks ago, you may have to scroll endlessly through my timeline to find it. Second, there are so many stories in my newsfeed, and so little time to read all of them.
Medals and gift certificates were
awarded to top 3 men and women
overall and each age group
I have several recaps of varying degrees of completion and I’ll post them as soon as I finish writing them. I aimed to post a recap as I finished a race, but it takes me a hundred times longer to write a post than to complete a race. Also, some of my reviews require more info from organizers. Some race directors respond immediately while others never answer.
Anyway, I’m back!
|Cotton shirt for all participants.|
I signed up for this race because I won free registration to it. This is the third free race I earned as a member of active.com. My first free race was Peggy’s Run in NJ, and second was Beat Beethoven in PA.
This was an impressive production. Organizers did a fabulous job! I give it an A++ for:
- Accuracy - course was a true 5K (3.1 miles)
- Punctuality - started on time; online results were available immediately onsite
- Energy – hosts and volunteers were engaging and amiable
- Structure - well-staffed/marked route; showed turns and mile indicators
- Post-race nutrition – provided enough water, banana and bagels for everyone
- Website – had imperfections but still managed to present the bare essentials
|Timing chip attached to bib (left) and chip worn on the ankle (right)|
This course was 1 big loop. We finished exactly where we started.
Sections before the starting line were
marked to help participants
position themselves by speed.
While running towards the finish line, I looked at the race clock found at the finish/start line. This always motivates me to run faster. I was surprised to find out later that my official finish time was exactly the same as the clock time, 29:48 (minutes:seconds). I expected lesser numbers because I crossed the starting mat later than other runners.
Then it dawned on me that I was the clueless runner. Other runners who went around the electronic mat when we first started knew that it wasn't active. The mat was only activated for the end of the race. So the official time is still based on a universal clock. The chip only served to facilitate the processing and reporting of time.
I don't remember seeing these details on the organizers' websites. I wish I had known.
Have you ever finished a race and wished you knew something beforehand? If yes, what was it?
This was my 2nd race of this weekend. I ran a 10K the day before and won 3rd place in my age group. Although I did not win anything in this 5K, I am happier because I know I gave it my best. I ran it the way way I planned it, that is, last mile = fastest.
For anyone looking for a good challenge, this is for you. It starts with a ginormous hill. After about half the course, the fun begins – it’s all downhill. Well, almost all.
Race FactsAddress: 484 Southern Blvd., Chatham NJ 07928
Date and Time: Sunday, Sep 28 at 10 AM
Cause: Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey
Course: asphalt with 210-foot elevation; mile markers
Kids Fun Run: none
Organizers: Chatham Club, New Jersey
Parking: Free and plenty
Participants: 115; includes runners, walkers, dog walkers, stroller joggers, children
Post Race Nourishment: water, banana, bagels, pretzels
Prizes: medals to top 3 men, and 3 women overall and each of the following groups:
Results: immediate; Online results were also available right after each participant crossed the finish line
Restrooms: health club facilities
Shirt: cotton t-shirt
Timing: chip timing, by Best Racing System; active mat only at the finish line
Water Stations: 1 station accessible after about 1.5 miles