- 3 miles/5K, 5 miles/8K
- Road Race
Hadn't ran an 8k since college so was looking forward to try Bastille Day. Being another lake path course there was some traffic to deal with, but that is to be expected. In regards to the organization of the race, there were several issues that made the experience rough. For the bicyclist who was leading the race, she seemed to not be paying attention for part of the time, and then had to cut parts of the course to get far enough ahead at other parts. In the end, I had to pass her and fight my own way through the people starting the 5k. A more avid effort to keep the runners to one side of the path would greatly help matters.
For the post race activities, there were a lot of vendors which gave a good variety of options, but when it came to the awards the management seemed to fall apart. After telling everyone to go gather towards the back of the field near the awards tent, it wasn't for at least another 45 minutes that anyone ended up posting any results/giving away awards. Understandably since it is a smaller race, the awards were not anything too flashy, which isn't a problem. However, there was no recognition or announcement for any of the age group winners or overall winners, and ultimately the same medals were given to the top three as the age group winners. Obviously not the biggest deal, but after being told to wait around for so long and then having nothing really happen it led to a long uneventful end to the night.
Overall, a good chance to get a rare night race/8k in, but definitely would save the money and register for a different race instead.