- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
This is by far the best 5k I have run as far as management is concerned. I was very impressed with the thought Running Zone (the local running store that hosts the race) out into every detail. I picked up my packet on race morning and it was a very quick process. Shirts and bibs were already in bags along with coupons for local stores and restaurants. There was also ample parking very nearby so I was able to go back and forth to my car to drop stuff off and go back for the things I forgot.
The starting corral was very well organized with signs for expected pace that people seemed to do very well with lining up near as there was no crowding at the start.
The course was flat, it is right on the coast, so there were no hills to contend with and the weather that morning was absolutely perfect! There was one aid station along the course with water, and there were timing mats and clocks at miles one and two. This was the first 5k I have run with multiple timing mats so I was impressed.
There were also several photographers and even a couple drones taking video along the course and all the pictures will be made available on Facebook for free which is always a huge plus in my book!
The finish line was stocked with jugs of water and gatorade that was self-serve. As it wasn't a massive race this worked well. Finishers of the entire series were given medals, but everyone else got a party hat which I thought was really cool since it is their birthday race! As you walked to the main after party area you could pick up free little smoothies from Planet Smoothie then there was birthday cake, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and of course bananas. For those over 21 there was also champagne and strawberries!
There were also ample picnic tables to sit at while the age group awards were handed out...and they had random drawing giveaways at the end of age group awards (including giving away a laptop!) so almost all the runners stayed all through the awards which I thought was very cool!
Overall, it is a 5k so probably not worth flying for, however, if you happen to be in driving distance I highly highly recommend going to this race or one of the others in the Running Zone race series! I was told by several other runners that they were all this well put on so I definitely intend to run more of their races in the future!