Local Race Report: Rotary River Run 2017

The DeBary Rotary River Run 5K took place along the paved trail from Gemini Springs park close to where I live. This was the second year in a row that I ran this small hometown race (here's my report from 2016). The beneficiary for the event was the Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City Youth Exchange program.

Training & Goals
I'd been joining pace groups with my running club which helped bring me back up to speed (so to speak). Still, my focus has been more on weight loss and I wasn't looking to PR here or on a 5K anytime soon. I did hope to beat my previous result for this race, so 32:03 was the time to beat.

Race Day: February 18, 2017
I biked over to Gemini Springs and arrived in plenty of time for the start of the race. It was 59°F at the start with clear skies.

Mile 1: 9:53
I aimed to keep a steady pace and might only slow for water. I felt good but part of this mile and a stretch at the end take place on a loose gravel road that I'm afraid to run on all-out because of footing.


Mile 2: 9:20
All paved trail, zoom!


Mile 3+: 9:50, 1:10*
A quick walk-through for the water stop on the way back and then a sprint to the finish for my second fastest 5K ever!


Recommendation
This is a nice small race with a good atmosphere and fine support and organization. I was a bit disappointed that the finisher medal is virtually identical to the medal from 2016. I would recommend this race to others and am likely to run it again -- especially considering the location, my beloved Gemini Springs.

Chip time: 30:09
Placement details: 6 out of 16 in Age Group; 73 out of 189 total finishers
Race Amenities: Cotton t-shirt & finisher medal. Post-race party with beer and barbecue.
Cost: $22.70

*I often forget to turn off my Garmin after a race, so the final time is skewed.

Report written March 6, 2017

Finish line & branded photos (c) Almost There Photography

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