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This event is an annual Fourth of July 10K through Irondequoit, NY and also includes a 2-mile fun run for families. All races begin at Christ the King Church and end at Irondequoit Town Hall. There will be three water stops on course, plus water and post-race food available. 2-Mile … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a 10K race in Irondequoit, another suburb of Rochester. This was the 49th year of this race. My parents decided to join me for this one and my … MORE

    This is a 10K race in Irondequoit, another suburb of Rochester. This was the 49th year of this race. My parents decided to join me for this one and my dad also did the 10K and my mom did the 2 miler. For packet pick-up you could either go the day before and get it the morning of. We went to see a baseball game Saturday evening so got the packet the morning of the race. The packet pick-up and start of the race were at a Catholic school in Irondequoit. The packet included the bib and a very cheesy T-shirt. It is grey with this Eagle/American flag design that looks like a cheaply done tattoo. It was kind of a funny shirt. The 2 miler starts 30 minutes before the 10K. The start of both races was pretty simple. There was no start line or timing mat. We just lined up and the RD said go and we went. There was a mass start and about 300 participants spilt between the 10K and the 2 Miler. The first part of the course was along a highway. I liked the first 2ish miles. They were rolling hills but net downhill and it was a pretty shaded area up to Durand Eastman park. This road was closed for the first 2 miles. I did not like the next mile. It was an unshaded slog along a busier part of the highway that was coned off and was more uphill. I was making good time the first two miles and lost so much time on the third. I had a goal to run under 1:10 but after the third I realized that it was going to be tough to reach my goal especially because the last 3 miles are mostly uphill. The next 3 miles while slow were so much fun. It was through neighborhoods and there were so many spectators which was wonderful given how few spectators there were at races last year. The race had 3 official water stops but the neighborhood had many unofficial water stops and friendly neighbors were spraying runners with their hoses and sprinklers. Since I wasn’t going to reach my goal anyways I had fun interacting with the spectators and took water from most of the stops which mostly had cute kids who were so happy to help out. Near the end there is a brutal hill. Then it is the finish line which did have an arch and timing mat. My time was terrible. It was my slowest road 10K but I still had a lot of fun. My dad loved the course (except that 3rd mile on the highway) since he loves hills and liked that it was a “old timey” race. My mom also enjoyed her 2 miler. At the finish line you get your medal. It is the teeniest, generic medal but eh it’s better than nothing. There was also water bottles, bananas, and bagels for the runner and some carnival food you could purchase. This was definitely not my favorite 10K race in terms of elevation profile as the uphill second half is not a great way to have a fast time and it felt more uphill than downhill but it was really fun with all the spectator involvement and a festive way to start July 4.

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