The problem with the race was the course. It was not marked very well and the volunteers were not trained where the course want. A blonde volunteer told the first 15-20 runners to "stay on the road along the lake". The road followed the lake and then Y-d. We were to go right, but the road to the left was "along the lake" so we were sent down a dead end street. 4-5 of them turned on to a dirt path, while the rest of us turned around. A half mile later we followed a lightly colored arrow to a busy street. Where there was no race. Part way down the street most of the group turned off into the college to try and find the course, while I and 2 others turned farther up the street. I got a great tour of a small town college. I finished in 24:00, but I ran more than a 5k.
The other problem was they ran out of water before the last people finished. That's a huge no-no. The people that finish later in a 5k need the water more.
Somehow I got 1st in my age group, however we left before the awards were given out.. so no medal.
I would say 3 of 5 stars for the race. It was there first time, it was for a good cause, and I got to eat at Hoss's Steak House after the race.
The folks got me my medal a weeks later. Thank you!