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Walking up to the start before the race

Walking up to the start before the race

Ahh…. Race for the Cure 5k.  A time of celebration, hope, and lots and lots of pink.  This year marked the first ever Global race.  Now what that entirely means, I’m not sure; I’m gathering that the fundraising is going world-wide.  The day kicked off honoring survivors.  And the pre-race charge included notable speakers including Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, as well as Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine from Serbia.  In total, $2.8M was raised for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Overall, I found the race to be pretty good.  The weather wasn’t the swampy mist it was last year.  The water stops were well-manned and the post-race bash was full of music, water, food, and give aways (always fun for a race).  However, I do have a couple of critiques for the race organizers:

  • First, how can your race course online not have any mile markers or designations of water stops?  I know we’re talking about a 5k, but I like to know my course and give myself checkpoints.
  • Next, I know this race is now Global, but we’re still in the US.  Why were there not mile markers?  On top of that, the kilometer markers were so difficult to find.  Among members on my whole team, we determined that they did all exist on the course, but no one saw more than 2.
  • And finally, the race was supposed to start at 8am.  Getting to the speakers took too long and runners didn’t start crossing that start line until around 8:25.  25 minutes late.  And that’d be right around the time some people would have been finishing the race if they weren’t so late. 

I’ve always found Race for the Cure to be an interesting a frustrating race.  The first mile is normally congested with too many runners.  (I will define the term runners loosely because even when starting in the front of the pack, there are still plenty of walkers and 13.5 minute a mile joggers that clog up the course.)  However, this year I started near the front of the race and found that the congestion and walkers were pretty easy to navigate.  Definitely not ideal racing conditions but it was not anything too un-navigable.

Even while the seasoned runner may feel annoyed or hindered in achieving a good time in this race, the key to not getting too frustrated is to acknowledge it for what it is.  Race for the Cure is an awesome phenomenon.  I’d venture to say that for most participants this is their only race the whole year.  On top of that, I speculate that there are a lot of first-time 5k-ers.  Kudos to the Susan G. Komen foundation to their success orchestrating an event that means so much to so many people that finds itself overwhelmed with enthusiasm from non-everyday runners.

I hope to post a few more pictures later this evening.

Happy Trails everyone.  The weather in DC is great!

~ Jessica ~