Yesterday started way too early for me! I had signed up to run a 5K with a 7:00 AM start time. The run is part of a larger festival, The Pear Blossom. The 3-day festival includes the race, a street fair, pageants, parade and food & wine stroll. After signing up for the race, I learned I would be working part of the festival. That meant getting to the location even earlier to set up
The run itself started in 1977. There is a group of seven individuals listed in the program that have run this race every single year since it started! The race has really grown over the years and now includes a 10 mile, 5K, 2 mile and 1 mile races. This is a family event! Strollers are allowed in all races except the 10 mile. There were 1400+ competitors in the 10 mile and 1700+ competitors in the 5K. I haven’t seen numbers for the 1 mile or 2 mile yet.
It was a pretty crowded start!
It was an out and back route. There wasn’t a lot of crowd support along the way, other than at the start/finish line. And for the most part, that crowd was pretty quite except for the occasion clapping. I did hear a name yelled here and there. This couple was adorable!
They were sitting on their front lawn all bundled up with a sign reading, “You Can Do It!” Loved the support! Sorry for the bad photo. I’ve come to the realization my camera does not take clear photos when I am in motion. Gah. Must get a new one soon.
The finish area of the race felt pretty tight. People were elbow to elbow in there. They offered bananas (under the black canopy) and a beverage station (Pepsi truck). There were a few drinks to choose from including Propel Zero, Gatorade, Aquafina, and SoBe. I know I walked by the green canopy but don’t remember what was under it. Must not have been anything too wonderful!
I didn’t see them, but I heard there were massages being offered somewhere in the area.
I did see these as I left the race area…
Sparkle Skirts! I want one!
After the race, I had to get back to work. I was so excited to see a booth next to mine had set up while I was gone. Why so happy? Because they were handing out one of my favorite things. Chocolate!
Danigold Refuel, rich chocolate protein milk. Yes, please! I hadn’t seen this drink before, but I really enjoyed it.
And then it was time to stretch.
And apparently time for my girls to take extreme close-ups of me.
And stuff my pockets with my phone, keys and iPod. Nice. Don’t worry, I didn’t run like that. I ran with my camera and my iPod in my hands, of course!
Heaven forbid I put my hard-earned banana down for a moment. Darn kids might steal it or something!
Hurts so good? More like, “Stop taking my picture already!”
Did you have a race this weekend? How was it?
Have you tried the Danigold Refuel? Did you like it?