The 2016 Easter Egg Scramble was held on Saturday March 26, 2016. It was a sunny 45-50 degree day.
*I ran this race 2 years ago. The course hasn't changed, but I have run many races since then, so the star ratings are different as my scale has changed. Read on....*
Registration: This was available online, as well as a form to submit via snail mail. The price increased to $40 until online registration closed 2 days before the race. Race day registration was possible, but no shirt guarantee. Included with registration,unisex cotton short sleeve shirt, drawstring bag, bib, shoe timing chip, finisher medal, post race burrito & beer, and finisher's print out.
*The race provided lots of information on their website, and I was on a mailing list so I received many emails. However there was an additional website out there with different information as my sister kept asking me questions about start times.
Expo/ Packet pick up: No true expo. You could pick up your things at a heath center in the Davenport area the day before the race. Someone else could pick up your things. Race day pick up was available as well as race day registration.
PreRace: The race start was on a side street, near a small park. There were port-a-potties and nearby free parking. There were 2 short distance kids races that were held before the 9 am 5k start. There was music and announcements over the PA system. No National Anthem.
Race/Course: Run on side streets in the East Village neighborhood.
-all paved course, no major potholes
-hilly! first half mile is all uphill, incorporating parts of the BIX course
-I don't recall mile markers
-course closed off with cones, but still open to traffic, busy parts of River Drive
- very few spectators
-volunteers and law enforcement stationed at all major intersections
-no water/aid stations
-not much to see as most is run through a residential neighborhood, parts of the last mile have a view of the Mississippi River
Finish/Post Race: The finish had an arch and timing mat. However there was no chute, but rather the Easter bunny telling you to turn right to get your chip removed, receive your medal and printout. The post race party was behind some buildings in a parking lot, off the street. There was beer (Traveler's shandy) water, breakfast burritos, and some recovery bars. There was a 2 person live band playing some rockin tunes. Fleet Feet was there to promote the area's new store. Awards were announced when all participants were finished. There was an easter egg hunt across the street for all kids who participated in the fun run.
Overall: I like this race as it's one of the only local 5k's with a medal, which I factor into the higher price. Plus this race is a challenge, those hills can kick your butt!
Personal: I was enjoying the race with the hubs, my sister and niece, and friend. I really pushed myself, but the first hill got to me. I had issues with my Garmin, so ran without a watch. I finished with a decent 27:19.
I have the recap on my blog...check out my photos https://marathang.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/burritos-beer-and-bunnies/