It was the City's inaugural 5K and wowow, did they do it up right! Very well organized and for only $25 we got all this:
1. Plenty of free parking within 30 yards of the start line
2. Well marked course with volunteers directing & cheering us on every few feet.
3. At least two water stations that I noticed, again with tons of volunteers. (I always carry my own water)
4. DJ pumping jams at a couple points along the way
5. A choice between flush toilets inside the community center or portapotties outside
6. A yogurt, banana, bagel, orange wedges, bottled water and Monster drink at the finish line
7. FANTASTIC tech shirts and pretty cool swag bag. Contents were better than some of the more expensive races I've entered.
8. a free pancake breakfast!
A picture of my big Bro, BD, me and another friend who we bumped into before the race. Bro and the friend were 5K virgins. I let them know they would be disappointed at the attention to detail at the next 5K they enter since this one was so great.
BD was banditing the race
And now the Face-Saving part of this recap:
Back in August BD and I entered into a 5K together in Historic Filipintotown. This was BD's first 5K ever for which he trained about 2 weeks prior. Long story short, he beat me in that race and though I was a gracious loser, I was certainly burned up about being beat. I'm the more experienced runner after all.
Truth be told, I had him all along in Filipinotown but right at the finish line I spotted the race photographer and ran over in his direction to make sure I got a good pic. That's when BD made his move and whipped past me. He beat me by literally 2 seconds. Vanity will get you every time...
Fast forward to the Whitter 5K. Not only did I PR, I had a great PR! AND I BEAT BD! Crushed him with a 28:39 and 9:13 pace. His time was 29 and change. I finished almost an entire minute ahead of BD. Woo hoo!!! (Yeah, I'm a gracious loser, but maybe not so much a gracious winner.)
We are now registered for a third tie-breaking 5K event also in Whittier in less than 3 weeks. I'm confident