Monday, April 15, 2013

Sometimes you get what you pay for...

     I signed up for a 5k because it was $15 and all the rest were $20-$35.  I like a good bargain.  I will not say that name of the race, because it was for a good cause and they did try...
     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!

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