I haven’t had an opporunity to run a smaller race in a while–most are on Saturday mornings and I have my TNT group run obligations. I was excited to see a Schwaggle deal a few weeks ago for an 11-11-11 11K run. Perfect.
The course wasn’t really announced until a few days before (at Piedmont Park) and my (timed) race bib arrived in the mail the week before the race. Nothing to really worry about on race day. Easy.
|view in the park on the way to the start|
The race was scheduled early at 7:11 and there was supposed to be a Veteran’s Day ceremony before the start. I arrived around 6:50 or so and waited. And waited some more. When I arrived there was a line at the entry tent-apparently the guys in charge drove from AL that morning and were running late. So around 7:30 the race finally started sans a ceremony. I thought this was a Veteran’s Day race? No anthem? No flag? The only way I knew veterans were running was by their bib-it was a redish color and mine was black. Oh well.
|Runners waiting for the start|
|the finish line was the start too|
I did finally find someone to talk to and push me at the last mile. A man turned to me and asked me to keep pushing him and I said the same. The last loop was a bit disorganized and we had to pause and ask which way to go. There wasn’t a sign or explanation-just a random volunteer asking if it was our last lap. And I am pretty sure some people cheated-seeing as I passed/looped them on the course walking and they finished not long after me…never quite understood the benefit of cheating in a race.
|and according to my map, miles 3 and 5 were the same loop. Interesting.|
My garmin finish was 54:54. Not bad for my first 11K.
I picked up my medal at the VIP area.
Yes, that is the VIP area. Donuts and coffee. VERY glad I got this through schwaggle. I would’ve been pissed had I paid the full amount for this race. They did have a table with bananas, cookies and water for everyone. Not much different than the VIP area in my opinion.
|post race stuff|
|yes it was actually cold on Friday–me post race at the finish|
The medal is actually cool and I was surprised they included a pin with the shirt.
After much negative feedback, the organizers finally posted on FB that the results would be up this week. I think I did well–had there been awards I am pretty sure I would’ve won one.
Not sure I would run this one again-the race organizers need some help. Loved the medal and the concept, just not the disorganization.