- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
This was my fourth year running the eRace the Stigma 5K. This is the race's fifth year and its third year in Downtown Salisbury. My friend is the race director and provided a discount code to our running club.
There was a new course this year — previously, the course had three loops, but this year, it went on many of the roads and the riverwalk downtown. The number of turns looked a little intimidating, but the course was easy to follow and well-marked.
Since I live in Salisbury, the scenery was not super exciting to me, but the course does go along the Wicomico River. It's also a very flat course. Living in a flat area, I noticed the most minor hills, but it's definitely flat.
There was a water stop on the course that runners pass twice. Since May can be warm, I appreciate the fact that there was a water stop, but I did not stop at it. We passed the stop before we hit Mile 1 and with about 0.6 to go. Even though I didn't stop, I gave it a "5" as I am not expecting any more than one water stop at a 5K, and there were two chances to get water.
The shirt was a nice tech shirt that says "Mental Health Matters" on the front and features "eRace the Stigma" and sponsors on the back. As a special prize for having the largest team, my fellow team members and I got travel mugs. There were also overall awards for the top male and female, along with age group awards (I didn't win one this year).
I thought the race was well-organized — with a well-marked course, professional timing, a water stop and food and drinks afterward. There was just one porta-potty that I saw; more probably would have been useful.