- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
Another Monster Dash has come and gone. (How is it November already!?) I had a great time at this race once again, and Team Ortho continues to tweak operations to improve the experience.
Packet Pickup was right by the Start/Finish line, at the Panther Pavilion "Shack" in downtown FW. I went early in the day so it didn't take long, and there was tons of free parking right by the front door. One con for a lot of people is that there wasn't race-day pickup. If you couldn't make it to the official pick-up, you had to pay $30 to have your packet shipped in advance. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a deal breaker for folks who don't want to pay that shipping fee and can't make it to the pick-up.
I arrived about an hour early on race day. (I remembered the start line being 1mi from the parking lot last year, so I didn't want to make the same mistake.) They moved the start line this year and it was right next to the parking lot. No complaints here! Passed the time milling around the vendor booths, checking out the pre-race costume contest, and making a last-minute porta pottie stop. Lots of fun costumes everywhere!
The route was similar to last year---an out-and-back course along the Trinity River Trails. It had rained the whole day before the race, so there were some pools of water that we all attempted to avoid. (Which usually ended with us running into even bigger pools of water in the grass lol.) The course was pretty flat---elevation gain was only 150ft. There were more volunteers overall this year. Some were stationed along the course, with buckets of candy. (Guessing the younger 5K runners took full advantage.) Other volunteers were stationed at the water stops and did a great job. There were also well-staffed Medic Stations for the half marathon runners. This event doesn't usually draw a lot of spectators but there was a great HS cheering squad around Mile 2/Mile 6!
Side Note: It "misted" during the race. I learned a valuable lesson--it sucks to be wearing glasses when that happens. Had to take them off and hope I didn't fall into a pothole! :)
Post-race festivities were great. Everything took place inside the "Shack." Team Ortho partnered with Karbach Brewing and all runners (21+) got a free beer. There was a DJ mixing before/after the awards ceremony. Loved the swag as always--a great medal and finisher jacket. (See picture.) The jacket has thumb holes, a large back pocket, and an embroidered logo on the back. It's also fleece-lined and so warm! Perfect for this time of year.
'Til next year Monster Dash!