Race Recap: Enterprise Spooktacular 5K Costume Run 2018

I ran the inaugural Enterprise Spooktacular 5K Costume Run on October 27th. The race was held in conjuction with the Old Enterprise Festival and Reunion. Enterprise is an historic community in Central Florida and the festival at the Enterprise Heritage Center celebrates the town's rich history.

Training & Goals
A week out from the New York Marathon, my only goal was to have a little speed session and not exacerbate my achy Achilles.

Race Day: October 27, 2018
I biked to this race that takes place very close to home in nearby Enterprise. A two mile ride in the dark got me to the race in about 10 minutes. The temperature was a wonderful cool 63°F at the star with about 77% humidity.

Mile 1: 10:49
This was a nice course that started out along our awesome mixed-use county trail.

Mile 2: 11:25
The run continued along residential roads and a nice piece along Lake Monroe.

Mile 3+: 11:16, :36*
The final mile took us through more village streets back to the finish at the Heritage Center.

After the Race
This was an extremely small race with just 33 registrants and 29 finishers. With my 33:54 gun time I managed to come in second place in my age group. I think the age groups were unusual, and that I was in a group of women aged 30-something to 50-something, but I'm not really sure. Anyway, I got a plaque. :)

Recommendation
The race directors talked about having a bigger turnout next year. I hope they continue with this race because it's a nice course and there aren't a ton of Halloween races locally. Even with the small field, there was enough course support in terms of marshals. Turns and directions were clearly marked with signs when there were no marshals or volunteers present. There was no water stop, which was surprising and a bit disappointing. I hope they will add one if they run the race again. With a bigger turnout this can be a really fun event. Tentatively recommended.

Gun time: 33:54
Placement details: 2nd in Age Group of unknown parameters; 13th out of 29 total finishers
Race Amenities: Cotton t-shirt, finisher medal, 2 festival beer tickets in goodie bag
Cost:
$28.25

* This was a gun-timed race with chip at the finish mat only

Report written October 28, 2018

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