Let me start this by apologizing for being almost 4 months late on posting these reviews… Life has been a little chaotic over the past few months. I recently moved to Kansas City, Missouri from Maryland, started to attend school, and have been trying to keep afloat on my thesis writing! And stuck inside all of that was a couple races… So let me focus on catching up the blog.
The Great Sedro-Woolley Footrace
The Great Sedro-Woolley Footrace (and yes, there is a hyphen in there… it’s legit, I promise!) is held every year on the 4th of July in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. It is a small town and this race is part of a festival called “Logger-Rodeo.” The race features a 5.17 mile race and a 2 mile fun run/walk. I chose to do the 2 mile fun run as a practice race for the Army Physical Fitness Test that I would be taking a couple weeks later. The race is only $25.00, regardless of what distance you run. This is the bare bones cost… if you want a t shirt, it will cost you another $10.00. I opted to forgo the shirt (I have plenty already!) and thing that the race is quite a steal.
The packet pickup takes place the day of the race, in the parking lot of the local high school. Check in started at 07:30, and the volunteers made this a very smooth process. It is a relatively small race, so that is helpful.
As mentioned previously, you can choose to pay an extra $10 for a shirt. Otherwise, this is a small race without any medals (unless you’re an overall winner… then you MIGHT get one… I honestly cannot remember if the top 3 got a medal).
The race course is not the most scenic, with the majority of the race taking place through the downtown area of the tiny town. However, if you run the 5.17 distance, the course will take you down by the river, which is a little more scenic. The best part of this race is how extremely FLAT it is. If you want a PR for these two random distances, THIS is the place to do it.
The race starts in the later part of the morning (09:30), so the weather was a little warmer than I would have preferred. However, it was still a quick, low-stress race.
My biggest complaint or concern about the race is the way that they time the race. There is not a timing mat. There is a person at the finish line collecting your chips and then running them back to the computer station to calculate your place and time. I ran hard through the finish line, but slowly handed my chip to the woman collecting them. Had I known that my “place in line” would be my place and final time, I would have continued running to the woman collecting the chips. I ended up missing the opportunity to place in my age group by 2 seconds! BUT, my husband ended up getting first place in his age ground, so I call this whole a thing a success!
Good job, love!
Garmin Results: 2.00 Miles, 16:47 Average Pace: 8:24, Average HR: 140
Actual Results: 2.00 Miles, 16:29, Average Pace: 8:14