- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
This inaugural running of the DC Wonder Woman Series 5k/10k in the DFW was run no where near a new race to the area. Management was on their "A" game with this one. From registration, to communication, expo offerings and packet pickup things were managed very well.
The expo was held in the outdoor pavilion area just outside of Texas Live! in Arlington right next to where the start line was situated. The packet pickup process went very smoothly and people were helped very quickly. The lines were non-existent because the volunteers worked so quickly. They were also extremely friendly and helpful. The coolest part for me and my kids was the opportunity to take photos with Wonder Woman! My oldest daughter loved this part so much and even got a high five from a super hero!
Parking for the expo and race day were free in the lots adjacent to Texas Live! and the ballpark. The walk on the morning of the race was extremely short because the lot was that close. Considering the number of racers there I was surprised I got as good of as a spot as I did. Having two large lots was more than adequate for this race.
The starting area was in the same area that the expo was held in the day prior and without any real corrals to speak of. This made things a little confusing before the race but communication about where the 5k racers should like up versus where the 10k racers needed to be cleared up any confusion on my part right away.
Course support was pretty good once the 5k and 10k courses merged as there were far more 5k racers than 10k so naturally there were more people out watching the 5k course. Everyone was in great spirits on the course and there were lots of people decked out in Wonder Woman gear. It was a nice change of pace to see everyone dressed so spirited instead of normal race day gear. There were 3 aid stations that I can remember for the 10k, which was a smart idea. The morning wasn't too warm but it was a bit humid and temps in the mid sixties felt a little warmer than normal. There was water and Ultima Replenish at the aid stations I saw.
The course was moderately challenging for a 10k course with a large(ish) hill between the 2.5 mile and 5k mark that took the wind out of my sails a bit and another moderate uphill climb was a good challenge. That large hill was a bridge climb and on the way down I was able to get a really good view of AT&T Stadium, which was really cool! I got the chance to run much closer to the stadium around mile 5.
The post-race snack was a cup of mandarin oranges, a lil' cutie orange, a small protein bar, abag of chips and a bottle of alkaline water. I thought this was a solid collection for a 5k/10k race. The medal is a hefty chunk of hardware with a cool spinning Wonder Woman symbol in the center. Paired with the Wonder Woman tech shirt and wristbands I got with my swag bag it was a nice haul. The icing on the cake was the set of free race photos and videos provided later in the day. You can't beat free race photos!
I would be more than happy to run this race again next year and hope that they bring back the DC Wonder Woman Series run for another year!