Back in April, my family (me, my husband, and our son) decided we would do one 5k per month to keep ourselves motivated and active. We started off our running year with the 4-H Clover Dash, benefiting the Anoka County 4-H.
The race was held on Saturday, April 30th, at Bunker Hills Park. The course both began and ended at the Activities Center, and offered some rolling hills on paved bike trail. The course was beautiful and the weather was slightly chilly, which is just perfect for running.
For a small, local race it was run quite well. The course was clearly marked, food and beverage was available, swag bag included a cotton shirt, and they had a warm place to hang out and use indoor plumbing before and after the race. There were also almost 100 prizes given away, ranging from Keurigs and computers, to $5 gift cards to local merchants. I ended up with a $25 gift card to TC Running Company and two pairs of Fitsoks.
The complaints I either heard and/or had myself were that there was a moving bridge on the walking route that made people dizzy and nauseous, it took too long for them to give out the prize, and they should have had a lunch options for those staying the TWO hours it took to give out prizes.
Some good things I’d like to make sure I point out are that the race course was very nice, the organizers and volunteers were very friendly, and the race is kid and family friendly. I also liked that I didn’t have much of a drive to get there, which is always a plus. Ultimately, it was a perfect choice for a family 5k and I would definitely consider doing this one again.