Exactly at 9 a.m., we took to the 5-mile course. Exciting the start area, we made a jaunt around the commercial buildings, onto the street, and began cruising through quiet, beautiful neighborhood streets. Honestly, I was surprised at the amount of hills on the course; I never knew Hazel Dell had so many! However, surprised or not, I loved every minute of the course route. One moment you were running on flat pavement, the next, screaming down a hill at a fast clip, to then ‘trudging’ up a fairly steep hill. Totally awesome, in my opinion!
For the 5-miler, there was one aid station posted at about the halfway point of the out-and-back route, so we had aid available twice on the course (thank you!). The volunteers at the aid station were very friendly, and offered participants water and gatorade.
A huge shout out to the volunteers who were stationed at points where participants needed to cross a street. It never ceases to amaze me at how rude vehicular traffic is … someone ran the stop sign at a busy intersection when I was getting ready to cross. It was no fault of the volunteers. It was just a rude person who decided stopping at a stop sign didn’t pertain to them. I can only imagine what horrors and lack of decency these volunteers have to go through to keep us safe. For that, I can never thank you – race volunteers – enough!
Upon closing into the finish line, you could hear the excitement and energy (!!) at the finish line. Once crossing, a team of enthusiastic volunteers were handing out finisher medals to all participants, regardless of distance. This was a very pleasant surprise! As the actual finisher medals did not arrive in time (due to the Chinese New Year in China and their festivities – seriously!), we were informed in about a week (I would assume March 1) the actual medals would be available for pick-up at the Max Muscle store where the race started/finished. I’m excited to get my hands on it – I am sure it is great!
The post-race food was well put together. We could choose fine cheese, chips, bananas and fruit. This is everything I could ever want after an event – and, the supply kept being replenished, so everyone had plenty of post-race fuel!
The summarize: Great, yet a little challenging, course. Excellent event tech shirt. Fantastic pre- and post- race ‘entertainment’ and ENERGY! Perfect post-race refreshments.
Congratulations on a job very well done, Energy Events!