I ran the 4 Hour Freeze with RMP last month and had such a good time I came back for this 5k! They modified the course to avoid the narrow out and back, making this one not only a more enjoyable course but increased the distance between runners for an even safer experience!
Parking was SUPER close to start, and everyone was socially distant. Packet pickup was quick, and due to new pandemic rules, the medals and sweatshirts were given out before the race. The medals were surprisingly large and the sweatshirt is super cozy! (Hint: I'm wearing it as I type this review :P)
The race organizers kept the race small, and runners were assigned to "waves" of about 20-25 runners in each wave. Runners lined up in spaces to stay distant and were counted off by the organizers. The course started by the NCAA Headquarters and passed by the IUPUI campus before crossing the bridge and looping back around the other side of the river near the Indy Zoo. There was a short loop around the wide center bridge leading back toward the zoo, followed by a second short loop back in front of the NCAA Headquarters (back over the same starting path) before coming back to the finish. Due to COVID, there were no aid stations on the course, but there were plenty of water bottles at the finish!
COVID prevented any sort of major festivities after the race, but the volunteers were there to play music and take pictures! The nearby parking made the post-race exit a breeze!
- There is PLENTY of parking nearby, but both of the close lots are pay lots, so expect to spend money if you want to park near the start/finish.
- Don't forget your mask! Due to the cold, I recommend doubling it up with a warm buff to keep your neck warm too.
- Watch out for ice on the bridge! People are tempted to pass in this area since some runners slow up to go up the incline, but watch your step!
RaceMaker Productions put on another safe and fun race! It felt so great to be out and run with others as a (socially distant) community! Highly recommend if you're looking for a safe in-person event!