Well, I did it. I realize this may not seem like an accomplishment to most of you, but it is to me. This is the first "race" I've ever done, outside of JH/HS track. Thank you to Angie Maske-Berka for giving away a free entry to the race. I ran the full 2 miles (something that, until this year, hadn't been done in 15 years) and I came in almost 3 minutes under my goal time (was shooting for 28 minutes, hit 25:07). I finished 22nd in my division, 77th for my gender and 133rd overall (I don't know how many started/finished but there were well over 300 registered). It was chilly and there was a bitch of a hill in the last .4 miles, but I did it. I'm not even flustered that the "winners" finished the full course before I even had a mile completed. In my mind, I am a winner just for doing it. This was a good way to start my "racing" career.
Parking: free on street if you could find a place or at a parking ramp about 2 blocks away.
Race location: there was a park with a swing set, so my husband stayed there with my toddler since this was a short race. There were 2 port-a-potties on site. The race went through neighborhoods and there was really only 1 hill and that was at the end.
Food: at the end there were small bottles of water, halfed bananas and quarter chunks of bagels. Nothing along the route for such a small race.
Swag: you received a Nike Dri-FIT tee with your entry fee. They said they had women's sizes, but when I got home, I tried it on and I really think I ended up with a men's. Not sure if that was a mistake or if there weren't women's sizes or if I'm just wrong.
Packet pick-up: packet pick-up was the morning of the event and there was no expo.