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    Angela FIRST-TIMER '14

    I ran this 5K because I had a hankering to race, but was coming back from an injury & did not want to invest much travel time or money into … MORE

    I ran this 5K because I had a hankering to race, but was coming back from an injury & did not want to invest much travel time or money into a race that I knew I wasn’t all that prepared for. It was cheap, not too far away, fit into my schedule, I had a friend running, and hey, it was for a good cause, so why not?

    It was basically exactly what I expect from a community 5K, with perhaps slightly more elaborate staging (it was in the Microsoft parking lot, & there were a couple of local bands & a DJ, & ladies serving pastries & bagels & OJ & stuff, so that was nice). The course wound through a local park, and the only notable thing about it was that at one point the course crossed itself (!) so that could have potentially been dangerous. My friend & I both clocked the course at a little over 3.2, but I kind of feel like that’s par for the course with local community races like this, and we did not get too bent out of shape over it. (Also, there were timing chips, but only a finish mat, not a starting one, so unless you start right at the front, know your official time will probably be a little off.)

    I didn’t find out until after, but there was actually a podium ceremony with medals, and, hey, I managed 2nd in my age group, so that was kind of cool. I’d run it again if I just kind of wanted to run a 5K & wasn’t too concerned about a PR or anything.

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