Needs to be labeled as a "fun run" Apr 7, 2016 | 5K Overall Rating: mzcoonz FIRST-TIMER '15 Follow I feel bad leaving a bad review for this race, since it's a local race supporting a good cause. However, I was looking for a 5k race as a gauge … MORE I feel bad leaving a bad review for this race, since it’s a local race supporting a good cause. However, I was looking for a 5k race as a gauge for how my current training was going, and this race was not good for it at all. They really need to label it as a “fun run” so there is no confusion, as: – There is no start timing mat, and I started almost 10 minutes late, which added that amount of time to my what should have been a PR – No bag check and no aidstations – normally fine, but they should make this clear – No directions about the distances between parking, packet pick up, and start line, which were all really far from another, hence making me really late for the first bullet point Now to elaborate more on my race day experience: There were absolutely no pre race instructions, and the website had almost no information (hence I had no idea about the lack of aid stations or bag check). We didn’t even get instructions on where to park, where the bib pick up was, or where the start line was – all it said was the highschool. So the morning of, I got directions to the highschool from Google, and when I got close, I followed the other cars into the parking lot. I arrived about 45 minutes before the race start, which is normally way more than enough time. Then, there were absolutely no signs about where bib pick up was, but I saw some people walking back to their cars with their stuff, so I was able to ask. I started walking there… after about 10 minutes, I picked it up to a jog cause it was much farther than I thought and realized I was going to be late for the start. I had my Garmin running at this time, and it was almost a mile from the parking lot to the bib pick up! At least the bib pick up was quick.. but then I realized there was no bag check at all. At this point, there was only about 20 minutes before the start, and my car was a mile away. I ran back to my car to drop it off and DROVE to a residential street near the bib pick up area and parked my car there. Now, imagine my surprise when I get back to the bib pick up area, and I don’t see a start area. (Partially my fault for not paying closer attention before, but they really should tell us these things) Had to ask around again to figure out where it was, and it happened to be another half mile away! By this time, the race had already started, so I figured I would just walk it over since I’d already been running around like a crazy person between the parking and bib pick up, just assuming that they would have a chip time in addition to the gun time. Wrong assumption. The start line was just a chalk drawn on the ground. Ugh. And at the end.. I don’t think there was a timing mat at the finish either, as we had to give them a ticket off our bib, where they wrote something down. As for the other items, they give you a shirt, a grocery bag, but no medal. The food at the end was the standard race food, bananas and coffee cake. All in all, this is a nice race if you want to support a local school, but they really really need to market it as a fun run. DIFFICULTY 1 PRODUCTION 1 SCENERY 3 SWAG 3 Please login to reply to this review.