District of Columbia,
- 6 miles/10K, Other
- Road Race
I ran Pacers Running's Veterans Day 10K for the first time this year, and I had a great experience! I had a great race personally, but I also thought everything seemed well-organized. I did get a free entry for this event.
The course is run at West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park and Hains Point in Washington, D.C. It is almost entirely out-and-back (there's one slight change around the turnaround), but the course is nice and flat and right along the water, with pretty trees nearby.
There was one water stop that we passed twice, just before we hit the Mile 2 marker and just after we hit the Mile 4 marker. I did not stop for water, but the aid stations looked fine to me, and there were seemingly a good amount of volunteers.
Unfortunately, my race shirt doesn't fit, but that isn't the race's fault. It's a nice long-sleeve shirt (almost between a tech shirt and T-shirt - Gildan Performance), and I like that Pacers offers the option of a race shirt, Retail Bucks for Pacers Running stores or an extra donation to the charity (in this case, it was Team RWB). There are also free race photobooth photos.
I picked up my bib and shirt easily on race day, and was able to put the shirt in bag check while I ran.
You couldn't park right on-site, but I was able to park 0.6-mile away, which I thought was reasonable for a large city like Washington, D.C. I also had to pay to park, and some of the meters were not working, but I found one that worked (and obviously that isn't the race's fault).
The race seemed well-managed, and I had no complaints. I also felt great and ran well, which added to my great experience. I hope to run this one again next year!