The MeStrong 5K in Deland, Florida, is a huge small town race put on by a local cancer charity and fund-raising group. 2019 was the fifth running of this race that grows larger each year; in 2019 they had over 5,000 registrants! This is a really great charity group; you can learn more about MeStrong here.
The popular race goes through the streets of and around downtown Deland. The 3.1 mile course is lined with spectators and the 2019 line-up had 48 (!!!) different cheer zones. Local businesses and student organizations from Stetson University cheer the runners along with live bands and other groups.
Arthur joined me for this race! We walked the course with countless others -- we were in a huge sea of people!
Race Day: February 2, 2019
I had picked up our packets the day before so all we had to do race morning was find a parking spot. I hopped in for the group photo with my run club West Volusia Runners and then Arthur and I made our way to the back of the start area.
It was 63°F at the start with 94% humidity. Rain and possible thunderstorms were predicted for the morning but held off. It was gloomy but we stayed dry!
Mile 1: 15:33
We started near the back but ended up walking a lot faster than many fellow back-of-the-packers. There was a lot of bobbing and weaving, even among the walkers.
Mile 2: 15:52
The on-course entertainment kept us smiling the whole time.
Mile 3+: 15:21, 2:03
Electric energy down the finish chute! What fun!
MeStrong takes over downtown Deland with sponsor booths and food and drink vendors. A lot of shops and restaurants opened early for the runners. The after party is legendary! Arthur and I had plans for the day so we unfortunately did not stay too long.
Excellent race organization. Fun on-course entertainment and great after party. Highly recommended.
Chip time: 48:39
Placement details: 48/300 in AG; 2192/4248 overall
Race Amenities: Nice cotton race shirt (no finisher medals), great after party
Report written February 10, 2019
MeStrong branded photos (c) Almost There Photography