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Race Recap: First Annual Leprechaun 5K Beer Run 2019

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Another local small race! The course for this race benefitting the Enterprise Museum was similar to that of the Enterprise Spooktacular 5k back in October.

Training & Goals
The usual. Still injured! My goals haven't changed for the last few races: work on my running gait; come in under 40 minutes; keep up my run:walk ratio of 2:1.

Race Day: March 16, 2019
This is another race that's very close to home. I had picked up my packet ahead of time. I biked over to the Enterprise museum Saturday morning and secured my bike. Soon it was time to run, but our start was delayed a bit as they marked the course. Luckily it was overcast and not hot at a pleasant 66°F at the start with a sticky 100% humidity.

Relive 'Morning Run'

Mile 1: 12:08
I started running my usual intervals. During my first walk break I bumped into Karen, a WVR teammamte. We decided to run together. We started out on the local trail before turning into neighborhoods of Enterprise and running along Lake Monroe for a bit.

Mile 2: 12:11
Karen pushed me on the run intervals!

Mile 3+: 12:05, 1:18
It was a gun start with a chip finish. I ended with my fastest 5K time since September.

After Party
Each runner received two beer tickets at the end so the atmosphere at the after party was pretty laid back. There were also bananas, oranges, crackers, granola bars, and bagels. Soda and water was offered as well. The age group awards were given out and the raffle winner were announced.

Recommendation
It's a small one! The course was well-marked and staffed with volunteers to keep runners safe from traffic. Free beer at the end with plenty of other treats available. I'll run this again. Recommended.

Chip time: 37:43
Placement details:
9/15 in Age Group, 67 out of 119 total finishers
Race Amenities:
Unisex tech shirt and small finisher medal for all. Free beer!
Cost:
$18

Report written March 16, 2019

Medal and running photos with Karen (c) Bill VanHorn; finish line video screenshot & group photo provided by race

Race Recap: Running with the Chromies 5K 2019

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This is a local charity race that benefits Welcoming Hearts, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those with special needs, including families of individuals with Downs Syndrome. This was the first year a 10K was offered alongside the 5K. I ran the 5K before in 2016 and 2018.

Training & Goals
Still injured. I need to work on my running gait and other things but my head's just not in it. My goal for the race was as before: work on my running gait; come in under 40 minutes; keep up my run:walk ratio of 2:1.

Race Day: March 9, 2019
I biked to Gemini Springs and picked up my packet. I had a lot of time to kill before the race so I walked around the park for a while. It was a nice morning. The temperature was about 70°F with 78% humidity when I started running at 9AM.

Mile 1: 12:39

Mile 2: 12:54

Mile 3+: 12:52, 1:24*

I have a lot of problems with this race. It's super close to my home and so easy to attend, but this may have been my last year running. There are a lot of things the race directors could do to improve the runner experience. I don't like badmouthing a charity race but I didn't enjoy myself and I know why so here it is.

Suggestions for Improvement

1. Please give finisher medals out after the race. The medals came in our initial packet and this is the only race I have ever experienced this. To me it just screams out that no one involved in the organization has ever run a race before or did any basic research. It's strange and runners miss out on a sense of accomplishment by not receiving the finisher's medal at the appropriate time.

1.5 Along those lines, how about some new medals maybe? My medal from 2019 is identical to the medal from 2018. Really?

2. I wish this race (and all races) would stop using plastic cups at the water stop. Please use paper cups, or better yet, encourage runners to bring their own bottles. The 5K water stop was filling the plastic cups from a spouted water cooler.

3. Please improve the course monitor situation! Upon returning to Gemini Springs after the out-and-back portion of the race, runners were supposed to turn onto the sidewalk adjacent to the park entrance road. We had run out along the exit road. There were no monitors or marshals out on the course for this crucial turn and several runners missed it, running a short course. As I came up on the turn, two bike marshalls came racing out and turned the runner who was in front of me around so she was on the right course.

4. Please start the races earlier. The 10K began at 8:30AM and the 5K at 9:00AM. Sunrise was at 6:42AM. Running two hours after sunrise on a potentially warm spring day is not a great idea. Plenty of races have different distances start the race at the same time or, if staggered, with a much shorter 10-15 minute break.

If they didn't stagger the races, volunteers wouldn't have to block the access roads two different times.

I suspect the late start time for the races might have to do with the festival, which begins at 10AM. If that is the case, it would be better to have the race finish by the festival. More runners might stay for that event if the finish line was nearby (as it was in 2016).

5. [EDIT] Sorry but I have to add another potentially petty nitpick. It's awesome when a race offers free photos, but posting them 11 days after race day isn't great. Other races that offer free photos usually have the pictures up within 24 hours in my experience. Like most of the other problems I have with this race, it's not a very big deal, but other races (similar in size and scope) do it so much better.

There were other small annoyances or missed opportunities and signs of mild disorganization, like no national anthem before the race, no bananas at the finish line, lack of direction / volunteers at the finish line (it was unclear where water was, and I heard others expecting to get their medal).

Recommendation
Sorry.

Chip time: 39:47
Placement details: 6/13 in AG, 41/94 overall
Race Amenities: Mediocre shirt, medal
Cost: $27.50

Report written March 15, 2019

Race Recap: Turtle Trek 5K 2019

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I ran the small Turtle Trek 5K race in Ponce Inlet on March 2, 2019. The race is a fundraiser for the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol, a group that works to protect nesting sea turtles in these two central Florida counties. 2019 was the second annual race.

Training & Goals
Still injured! I wanted to run Turtle Trek last year but I had a conflicting race. I've been seeing a sports chiropractor to help with my Achilles pain. I have been advised to make some changes to my running gait. This is hard! I also have some exercises to strengthen related muscles and those are hard too. I had a nearly pain-free short run earlier in the week. The pain is not completely gone but I finally have some hope I can get back at it. Now I have to work on losing some of this depression weight I've gained and getting my cardio fitness back to where it was. Goals for this race were to work on my running gait and hopefully come in under 40 minutes (ugh). I also hoped to keep up my run:walk ratio of 2:1.

Race Day: March 2, 2019
I arrived at the race site way too early for this little 130-participant race. I got my packet and sat in my car until it was almost time to line up. It was about 63°F at the start with overcast skies and 94% humidity.

Relive 'Morning Run'

Mile 1: 12:15
This was a simple out-and-back course with a small lollipop at the end. We headed out going north on Peninsula Drive from the Ponce Inlet lighthouse. You know how they say the first mile is a liar? I should have warmed up before the race because I felt horrible during this first mile.

Mile 2: 12:01
I felt better after warming up a bit. The course was well staffed with volunteers and local law enforcement keeping cars off of the road. We turned around at Loggerhead Court to head back to the lighthouse.

Mile 3+: 12:09, 2:09
A short detour from the out-and-back had us turn onto Beach Street and then down Sailfish Drive, a hard-packed dirt road, before heading back to the lighthouse for the finish.

After the Race
There were plenty of treats for runners afterwards, including the expected water and bananas. Granola bars, danishes, mini muffins, and other treats were also available. Pretty good spread for such a small race.

Recommendation
This is a well-run little charity race for a great cause. The USATF-certified course was well manned and the race offered average amenities. The awards were super cute; I wish there were participant medals for us also-rans. Anyway I would recommend this little race for locals.

Chip time: 38:34
Placement details: 4/6 in Age Group; 57th out of 130 overall participants
Race Amenities: Average unisex t-shirt
Cost: $22.75

Report written March 3, 2019

Race Recap: Lap the Track 5K 2019

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The Daytona Beach Half Marathon weekend made some changes for 2019, including adding a Saturday 5K and moving up the Sunday 5K to start shortly after the half marathon. I had planned to run the half marathon for the third year in a row. Read my previous reports from 2017 and 2018. I was glad to have the option to transfer to the Dual 5K Challenge. Following the Beachin' It 5K Saturday night, next up was the Lap the Track race on the famous Daytona Beach International Speedway.

Training & Goals
[Cue the usual of late] My right Achilles tendon is still bothering me so I haven't been running very much. No training, no goals.

Race Day: February 10, 2019
The venue for the finish line was changed for 2019. Parking was close to the finish line at One Daytona, across the road from the Speedway. I missed driving inside and parking the car in the middle of the race track. But everything went very smoothly at the new venue with plenty of volunteers to help guide us to the parking area and the event start.

My club's awesome pacers paced the half marathon and a lot of other club members ran as well. We had a group photo before the half runners took off.

Rain was threatening once more and it was a bit gloomy again with overcast skies. It was 66°F at the start with 94% humidity.

Relive 'Morning Run'

Mile 1: 12:42
The first two miles took us around the race track. I was a bit achy from the Beachin' It 5K the night before (complete lack of training) so took it slow.

Mile 2: 13:06
Achy but at least enjoying the run on the track.

Mile 3+: 13:17, 1:33
The last mile took us out of the track to a small out-and-back before we crossed International Speedway Boulevard via a pedestrian bridge. It was funny running up and down the wide access ramps; I thought we'd cross the road. Tried to push it at the end and felt ok crossing the finish line. It was fun to hear my name announced (see short video below).

After Party
Vendors and food and drink were immediately adjacent to the finish line. There was a nice spread including free beer and various snacks from First Watch, Ben & Jerry's, and other vendors. I stayed to watch a few of the first half marathoners come in before heading out for the day.

Recommendation
Organizers continue to do a great job with the events of this race weekend. Recommended.

Chip time: 40:42
Placement details:
13/45 AG and 354/668 overall
Race Amenities: Finisher medal for all, soft cotton gender-specific shirt, challenge medal for completing Dual 5K Challenge
Cost: $68.32 for the Dual 5K Challenge

Report written February 11, 2019

Group and finish line photo (c) Almost There Photography

Race Recap: Beachin' It 5K 2019

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The Daytona Beach Half Marathon weekend made some changes for 2019, including adding a Saturday 5K to the challenge options. I had planned to run the half marathon for the third year in a row (read my previous reports from 2017 and 2018). Because of my current shape I was glad to have the option to transfer to the Dual 5K Challenge. First up, a beach 5K on Saturday evening.

Training & Goals
[Cue the usual of late] My right Achilles tendon is still bothering me so I haven't been running very much. No training, no goals.

Race Day: February 9, 2019
I parked at the Ocean Center and walked to the start. Packet pickup was quick and easy and bag drop was available for those of us who needed it. Restrooms were available at the host venue LandShark Bar & Grill.

It was 64°F at the start with 88% humidity. It had been threatening rain most of the day with mist, fog, and drizzle. Rain held off until after the run.

Mile 1: 12:25
A bit of soft sand right at the start but then we were running on hard sand with the wind strongly at our backs. Wee! I felt pretty good.

Mile 2: 12:00
Wind still at our backs until the turnaround. I felt good until the wind hit my face. Ugh.

Mile 3+: 13:01, 1:27
So running back in the headwind was no fun, but I was still really happy with the run and felt great. My Achilles didn't bother very much at all. Sunday afternoon, though...

After Party
There was a nice spread out for the runners, with free beer and beef sliders and something else (no vegetarian option so I'm foggy on the details) warm being served. It started spitting rain so I headed back to the car fairly soon after finishing.

Recommendation
Runners could register for this race as a stand-alone or as a Speedway Challenge with the half marathon on Sunday or as a Dual 5K Challenge with Lap the Track on Sunday. This was the first year for the Beachin' It 5K and I think the organizers did a great job. Recommended, along with the rest of the Daytona Beach Half Marathon weekend events.

Chip time: 38:46
Placement details: 18/40 AG and 269/492 overall
Race Amenities: Finisher medal for all, soft cotton gender-specific shirt
Cost: $68.32 for the Dual 5K Challenge

Report written February 11, 2019

Branded race photo (c) Almost There Photography