Race Report: Run 4 Life 2017

The Run 4 life 4 Miler for Suicide Prevention is a charity run through the tree-covered roads of historic old Enterprise, Florida. Runners also race along the shore of Lake Monroe. The race starts and finishes at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (FUMCH). This year was the 7th annual running of this race.

Race Day: May 20, 2017
It took me about 15 minutes to bike to the FUMCH start/finish area from my house. I couldn't find a rack so I locked my bike against some bleachers, hoping it was out of the way. It was 75°F with 94% humidity at the start. In other words, awful racing conditions. At least most of the route was shaded by oak trees.

Mile 1: 10:02
We ran out of the FUMCH property and out onto Lakeshore Drive along Lake Monroe.

Mile 2: 10:24
We did a long out-and-back along Lakeshore Drive. It seemed a bit odd to be running on the roads so close to the East Regional Rail Trail, but it was a nice route.

Mile 3: 10:40
After the turn-around we headed back along Lakeshore Drive back towards the FUMCH.

Mile 4: 10:33*
For the last mile we ran along a road inside the FUMCH property and were teased by passing the finish line area on a short curvy out-and-back.

After the race members of WVR (West Volusia Runners) got together for a group photo.

Recommendation
This is a nice, well-organized race. There was one water stop that runners passed twice on the route, which was adequate. It's a great cause and a pretty route. I would run this again.

Chip time: 41:33 (27 seconds off of my PR)
Placement details:
35th of 156 women; 62nd overall out of 220 finishers
Race Amenities:
Nice soft cotton shirt (different color for men and women cuts), nice finisher medal. The top 10 men and women finishers received cute bobblehead awards
Cost: $33.50

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

Report written May 29, 2017

Group & running photo (c) Almost There Photography

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