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It was a nice day to be outside (and trust me, those aren't words you'll hear from me often.)

I got to the site around 7:45, hit the pre-reg table and got my number along with a goody bag full of coupons for racing gear, a water bottle and a tshirt. Oh and a map.

Stashed all that stuff in the jeep, emptied my pockets of everything but my iPhone and my jeep key, and proceeded to walk around for a bit as people started showing up and signing in. It was fairly breezy, and there was definitely a storm coming... but it was anyone's guess on when it would actually arrive.

It was interesting to see everyone who was participating. If I had to guess, I would say the event was 60-70% women, with a pretty broad distribution of age... as young as 13 to well over 60 (in both genders.) I don't know exactly how many folks were there, but it was well over 300.

Eventually it was time to kick things off, and everyone made their way to the start line. All of the 5k and 10k runners were mixed together, starting at the same time. All the walkers and the people with strollers or dogs were in the back.

It was pretty chaotic at first, once things started, but it thinned out fairly quickly. The 10k people and the hardcore runners sped ahead of everyone else and the walkers gradually lagged behind.

The 5K course was pretty nice, winding around a lake down in Eden Prairie. The 10K course overlapped most of ours, but branched off a couple times too.

I didn't run the whole time, but I started the race running and I ended it running, and did a mix of walking and running along the way. I met my goals, which were a) don't ever stop and b) don't be last.

The weather managed to hold out for the entire race. It never got too hot, there was a nice breeze and it was mostly overcast. Pretty much perfect in my book. About 20-30 minutes after I left, the rain came down pretty hard.

I had a good time, and will most likely do more of them. We'll see.

Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 12:59 PM | Back to top

Comments on this post: My First 5K, the recap.

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Congrats Chris and good job on that accomplishment!
Left by Matt Christian on May 24, 2010 2:12 PM

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Grats on the run, boss!! :-)
Left by Theo on May 29, 2010 12:21 PM

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We should run together. I need to get back into it. I'm up in your area on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Left by Teresa on May 30, 2010 10:55 AM

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