Run for the Gecko is our local running store's (Running Zone) "birthday race". This was my first year running it, and it happened to fall on my birthday as well. Runners who were celebrating birthdays that day received special decorated bibs and VIP passes to cut the food and bathroom lines and receive free socks. The course itself was a normal road course, no real slowdowns. There wasn't an expo at this race, but the food was excellent--pancakes, scrambled eggs, birthday cake in a few different flavors, and strawberries and champagne for those who were of legal age. Award winners received champagne glasses, instead of medals. As usual with a Running Zone race, it was very well done, and it will be on my calendar again next year.