For this race, there was no early packet pickup, so I arrived early to make sure I could find parking and get my packet back to my car well before the race. I ended up arriving much earlier than needed; packet pickup only took a few seconds and parking wasn’t a problem at all. This race had just under 300 participants, so there weren’t any logistical problems. I had more than enough time to chat with friends, use the restroom, participate in the group photos, etc.
The race was scheduled to start at 9:00, and started just a few minutes late. The large group photo took a little longer than expected, so the kid’s race started a few minutes late, followed by the 5k. It was a gorgeous morning, though, so it didn’t seem like anyone minded.
The course consisted of a single loop around Lake Phalen. I grew up going to this park with my grandparents, but can’t recall going there as an adult, so I had forgotten that the area is hilly. There were two larger hills on the course, with several other small rollers. The view of the lake was gorgeous, which definitely didn’t hurt!
I wasn’t pushing for time, so I just enjoyed the views and the weather. It really was an uneventful race in that it felt like it went by quickly, I never felt like I was pushing very hard, and I got to see so many of my running friends from Moms on the Run.
My finishing time was 33:53. At the finish line, medals and carnations were given out. Post-race water, chips, and salted nut rolls were available in the picnic pavilion.
I would consider doing this race again, but only if I wasn’t intending to try for a PR because the course was a bit crowded for the first 1/3 of the race. I heard a few runners were disappointed that bananas weren’t offered post-race, but I personally did not hear any other complaints.
Thanks to Moms on the Run and Anderson Race Management for a beautiful race!