Princeton is such a beautiful town to visit, let alone run in. The Princeton Healthcare System 5 mile run was located at the ETS campus. My GPS took me to the entrance that they closed off but there were plenty of signs to direct me the proper way. Parking was great, there were plenty within the start / finish line.
There wasn't an expo but they had a few days for bib pick up. I couldn't make any of these but the day of the race pick up went super fast. It was a fairly small race with about 230 people running.
While there wasn't an expo, there were a few vendors set up. They were giving out free massages and other goodies. VitaFusion was there giving out FULL SIZE bottles of gummy vitamins. These are my vitamins so I was overly ecstatic (BEST SWAG EVER). The race swag had a cotton tshirt in one of those drawstring bags.
The course scenery was very nice; they closed off parts of the roads in the area. Most of the route was surrounded by woods. The route was partially two loops around the ETS campus. There were plenty of signs to direct us. There were multiple mile marker signs though that were misleading. They posted the mile number of the next mile you were trying to reach, not that you just passed.
I did feel the elevation throughout the run. It wasn't overly difficult but I could feel my heart racing during those inclines. There were two water stations but you passed by the second one twice. There were no porta potties along the route. There were two next to the vendors but not near the course. The line was super long right before the race. Thank goodness someone told me we could use the bathrooms inside the buildings!
There was, unexpectedly, a finisher's medal but it was generic. Also, lots of refreshments (bananas, granola bars, bagels, water) at the finish line. Photos were posted free on Facebook but unfortunately they were slim pickins and had none of me.
Someone stopped me after I finished the race and told me that I motivated him to catch up with me and not to give up. What a great feeling and finish to a fun 5 miles!