Allowing Christ To Shine (ACTS) is an organization dedicated to help the children of Haiti and have even built a school for the local children to attend. With this race, they not only wanted to raise money to feed the kids at the ACTS school but also wanted to help the local cancer community by giving a donation and buying benches for the community to enjoy and remember all those families affected by the disease. When registering you had the option of getting a race shirt (cotton) or a race tank (also cotton). I thought it was fun they gave you the option of getting a tank top.
Packet pick-up and late registration was easily located off of US 30 in Warsaw, Indiana from 7:00-8:45. The kids mile was a free race with the option to buy a race shirt for $10. We opted to have Chloe and Derek run the mile, while Emma would run the 5k with me. Mark would be taking the weekend off after racing the last few weekends and then also running next weekend. The mile started at 8:30 and was a an out and back on part of the 5k course. The 5k and 10k were scheduled to start at 9:00. At 9:00 the directors started us down to the starting line (why was this not done a little before 9:00??). After some random talking because some people showed up late to register (if you say the cutoff is at 8:45, then it should be at 8:45 . . . ) they let myTEAM TRIUMPH take off about 9:08 and then said we would wait another 3-4 minutes to give them a head start. So here's my deal - They should have gotten us to the starting line before 9:00 if they wanted myTEAM TRIUMPH to take off before the rest of us. The gun ended up going off about 9:12 and we were off. The first two miles were on the road around the local neighborhood and then for the last mile we got on a bike path around Pike Lake and had some really nice views. My only issue with the course was there was only one water station and it was just before the two mile mark. With as warm as it got, I wish they either had the water station a little sooner or had another one at about the first mile. Not often do I have to use my own water but I did this time - it got warm and there wasn't much shade for the first two miles.
Around 10:00 awards started with some door prizes of water bottles and lighted wrist bands with the ACTS logo. After giving out several door prizes the 5k awards began. Overall male and female winners received a medal and a wooden plaque. Age group awards went five deep with top three getting medals and forth and fifth getting ribbons. The awards were taking FOREVER and I was getting annoyed . . . Overall, I enjoyed the race but I just wish they would fix a few things about the starting time and then the water stations. Not sure we'll do it again, but we'll definitely keep it on our radar if we have a free weekend.
You can read my full review and view pictures at: https://parentteachrun.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/acts-5k-and-10k/