Before I get into my race recap, I have to mention that it’s June 7th, also known as Global Running Day! This is literally like a second Christmas for runners! It’s a day “for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running”! How will you celebrate Global Running Day?
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Now onto the race recap! On Sunday, I participated in the Hope in Motion event for the 5th time. I previously did the 5K but started doing the 10K once they added it a few years ago. It’s the biggest local race in Stamford and there’s always a great turnout! This year there were 549 runners in the 5K and 133 runners in the 10K. This was also the first year I took fundraising more seriously for the race. Thanks to everyone that donated! I ended up raising $355 for the Bennett Cancer Center. I was short of my $500 goal, but there’s always next year! So far the event as a whole has raised almost $650,000!
I had 8 miles on the schedule for marathon training, so I decided to run 2 miles before the race. This worked out really well as I only live about 1.5 miles from the race start. I ended up running to the race start and then running up and down a few blocks to hit the 2 miles.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve done this race several times before. You can read my race recap from 2015 to get the overall details of the race, but for this race recap I wanted to focus on the pros and cons.
Post-Race Food – The food is always amazing after the race! They had bagels, chips, pretzels, Nature Valley bars, apples, bananas, orange slices (always appreciated after a race!), trail mix from Trader Joe’s, KIND bars from Whole Foods and drinks from Body Armor. Body Armor had TONS of drinks and they kept telling everyone to take several bottles so I did! I never tried the drinks before yesterday but they were pretty good! Walgreens was also on hand to give out drawstring backpacks containing a few items – bag chip clip, pedometer, sunscreen wipes and a mini first aid kit. Lots of awesome swag!
Finisher Medal – This was a complete surprise! In the past, the race never gave out medals for the races. This year they gave out medals for the 10K and they were super cool. Let me tell you, getting a medal when you aren’t expecting one is a pretty cool feeling!
Race Shirt – In the past the shirts have been cotton but this year they upgraded to the sweat-wicking material. It was a nice change!
Local Race – The race literally runs right by my house so my dad was able to get a few good photos of my mom and I as we ran by, lol
Street Closures – I didn’t run this race in 2016 because I did Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego, but I don’t remember having any issues with street closures back in 2015. There were a few times on the course when I saw cars that should NOT have been there. I don’t know if they used less cops this year to direct traffic, but there were two spots that really should have been closed to traffic. Runners could have been hit..it actually made me quite angry to be honest.
Start Time – If closing the roads is an issue, I think the race could start earlier. Even starting a half hour earlier (at 7:30) would make a difference. Also you never really know how the weather will be in early June. Thankfully the weather yesterday was great, but on a hot or really humid day, an earlier start time would be great!
Do you have a favorite local race that you run every year?