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The RUN585 Series is Back! You can register for the series of singular events. Enjoy the perfect Genesee River Path during the summer months, crossing scenic pedestrian bridges and running along the historic Genesee River. The finish is at the Genesee Waterways Center, the home for Rochester kayaking, supping or … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is the second Wednesday evening race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) for the Run585 series. 585 is Rochester's area code. This one is an 8K and the longest … MORE

    This is the second Wednesday evening race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) for the Run585 series. 585 is Rochester’s area code. This one is an 8K and the longest of the 3. Race logistics were pretty much the same as the first with packet pick-up recommended at the store the day before. Today series participants got their large cooler along with beer Kozie, race sticker and bib. The swag is pretty good for the cost of the series. They kept the rolling start. I understand why they did this since it would kind of stink as a participant to plan your evening around the rolling start and have the race company change their plans but it was a little lame after doing so many races with mass starts. Something came up at work so I started this one on the later side of the rolling start window which made it extra anti-climatic as most participants already started. I again walked to the start from work since this was also at Genesee Valley Park. This also follows the canal path. It was beautiful weather tonight which was a relief after last weekend’s terrible weather. YJR can’t get a break and there was also construction affecting this course so they had to alter the course at one point a little bit. I don’t think the part of the canal path used for this race is as pretty as some of the sections we ran through during the first race of the series but this race does include the bridge with really pretty city views and I saw a cute rabbit and some cool birds. It also includes the evil, steep bridge I always walk which added a sneaker to the difficulty but is otherwise pretty flat. The course was well marked but it was kind of lonely. The rolling start and longer race meant I was running alone a lot but I did see some race participants here and there. There were no aid stations but this was told to us. I thought it would have been nice to have a water station halfway through as I just about finished the water I was carrying and had to conserve it by the end of the race. The finish line was set up really nice with loud music and a finish arch and people were hanging around and it felt like a real finish line and made up for the anti-climatic start. However I noticed the course was about 1/4 mile short. As a result I got an 8K PR! But it’s kind of a cheap PR but I was still running at a solid pace and with the right distance would have been well under my goal of 1 hour. I compared the map online to my Garmin and it seems the reroute due to the construction is what caused the shorter course so it appears to be a one off. At the finish line you get your goody bag. It is the same fruit snacks, chocolate chip cookies and chips that have been in every bag this year. I can now no longer eat Famous Amos bite size chocolate chip cookies since I’m so sick of them lol. There is also the medal which is a nice big 8 to go with the series. There was also cans of coke and non-alcoholic beer. The cold can of coke tasted so delicious after. Overall I have enjoyed this series so far but look forward to when it will have a mass start and a party at the end instead of the grab n go bags.

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