I recently participated in the Kansas Heart and Sole Classic 5k/10k race in Olathe, Kansas. I really enjoyed this race. It was a smaller race, with a lot of families and children involved in the 5k portion. Husband and I decided to run the 10k, which was two loops of the 5k route.
Packet Pickup: Race day packet pickup was smooth and uneventful. Husband wasn’t able to sign up online before the race, so we completed his race day registration without any issues. We grabbed the bibs and t-shirts and headed back to the car to enjoy a little downtime before the race. Pickup took a total of maaaaaybe 10 minutes. Easy peasey.
Pre-race: There were a lot of families with their children in the race and everyone seemed to know one another. There was a nice energy to the small race and there was even a mascot of some sort (I think from the local indoor soccer team?) there taking pictures with the kids. It was low key – not a lot of loud, pumping music. Just a lot of excited little kiddos!
The Goods: We received a standard cotton race t-shirt. There were no participation / finisher medals for this event but it was a really low cost race, so I didn’t mind too much.
This is a little look at the course (as per the website):
Miles 1-2: This race wasn’t the most scenic, but it was pretty flat for a Kansas / Missouri race. The route looped through some shaded and quiet neighborhoods. I hung out towards the back of the pack, alternating walking and running by heart rate. I tried to keep my heart rate below 155 for most of the race.
Miles 3-4: The miles continued through the neighborhoods. The kids still had some spunk as they finished their 5k, which was nice to see. I continued with the walking and running, mostly walking at this point. The race thinned out significantly after the 5k split and there weren’t too many running the 10k… at least not too many in the back of the pack.
Miles 5-6.2: Continued through the second loop of the 5k route. I knew where the shady spots were and the minor hills, so that was helpful. Even with walking, husband and I still managed to pull ahead of a few and ended up not being last! Any race where I can keep my heart rate down and not finish last is considered a success for me!
This is what the race looked like, pace/HR/elevation wise:
Garmin Results: 6.26 Miles, 1:20:18 Average Pace: 12:49, Average HR: 158
Actual Results: 6.2 Miles, 1:20:33 Average Pace: 12:57