I left aid stations, expo quality, and parking neutral as I did not utilize any of these features.
I signed up for the Mini 10k a week prior and picked up my bib the morning of the race. I was pretty nervous about finding the bib pick up and making my way to the start but it was extremely easy. I took an uber to Naumburg Bandshell, where pick up was prior to the race. Pickup was quick and easy and there were stations set up for photos where you could have one of the photographers take a pic of you or have them take it on your phone. I then made my way over to the start.
I got to the race with plenty of time. I arrive in Central Park at 7 and it didn't start until 8. So there was plenty of time for photos prior to the race and time to walk over to the start. My wave didn't start until around ~8:11 ish.
Previously looking at the map I thought the entire course was IN the park, but the first mile or so is actually on the road bordering the park, and then you turn in and do a loop around. The course was beautiful and had spectators as well as people just utilizing the park like every other Saturday. Most of the way the path was split in half keeping runners to one side so anyone else could still used it. There were plenty of volunteers around to keep the path organized and there were extras around intersections and any bends in the course.
The course had a few small hills but nothing that hindered my running/pace too much. There were mile markers and 5k/8k markers along the course, with 400m and 200m count down at the finish. Once you crossed the finish line you recieved your medal and flowers! This was followed by tables with volunteers handing out pink bagels, pears, water, gatorade, and pretzels. You could then make your way back to Naumburg Bandshell where they had more photo ops going on, a meet and greet with some of the pros, water stations, live entertainment, medical, and a foam rolling station.
If you were like me and picked up your bib the morning of, you could go get your singlet AFTER the race (I enjoyed this because I didn't have to bag check anything). So thats when I picked up my race singlet. Runners also had the opportunity to pick up their singlets and bibs Mon-Fri prior to race day.
Overall I really enjoyed this race and look forward to running it again!