- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
PRE-RACE: I first learned about this race via Facebook events, I thought I would be busy with prior obligations but I realized the morning of the race I would be able to participate. The logistics behind this race were simple, with on site packet pick up and nearby pay-stations for parking there was no information needed that I couldn't easily get form the races' website or Facebook event. The Lawn on D itself is relatively accessible and is a short drive right off the Mass Pike. I had no trouble arriving early and registering onsite for this race.
THE SWAG: For a $10 race, I was pretty happy with the swag that was included at this 5K. A long sleeve dri-fit shirt with the race logo came with entry. The shirt was good quality and comfy! Anyone who participated as a member of the Citizens Bank team also received a short sleeve Citizens Bank t-shirt.
THE RACE: I struggled a little bit with the actual race part of this event. The course was two laps around the adjacent Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) followed by a PAINFUL almost one mile snaking loop through the BCEC parking lot. This section of the race was so awful it almost tarnished the whole event for me. I would make a strong recommendation to race organizers that a third loop around the BCEC would be much more welcomed than a back and forth "pacer test" style final mile across sun-drenched asphalt. Aside from that however, I did enjoy the views of Boston that the back-side of the BCEC afforded to runners. There was one water stop on the course ( I think two may have been appropriate) and ample staff present to assist you, since the entire event took place immediately next to "The Lawn" itself, you were never far from where you started. The race advertised up to 1,000 open spots, but I was surprised to see that their were fewer than 200 participants (150 to be exact.) I think that this event can gain popularity as it returns for it's second year and beyond.
BLING: The medal for this race was simple but a nice touch! It included the race's logo and was a nice aspect to a shorter and more cost effective race.
LINE & POST-RACE: The finish line for this race was a lot of fun! The race ends right on the lawn, with a DJ, food and plenty of activities for everyone involved and their friends. I had fun taking pictures on the Lawn's famous swings and hanging out for a bit before heading home.