Ryan and Mason came with me on race day and we had plenty of time to pick up my timing chip and wander around before the race start at 8am. The race originally had a 1 mile option as well, but was canceled due to lack of participation prior to race day.
There was no timing belt at the start of the race so I made sure to stand in the front of the pack before race time. I think we all started at someone's shouting of "on your mark, get set, go!"
I honestly think I started off too fast. I was running alongside some speedy men and was the only female for the first minute of the race. After that a speedy woman (who took 1st place overall in females) left me in the dust. I finished mile 1 in 6:54 minutes and kept trucking along.
|thanks to the Charlotte Running Club for this awesome photo posted on their Facebook page|
Around 10 or 11 minutes two women and their trainer (a dude) ran past me. I knew I had slowed down a bit and finished mile 2 in 14:25 minutes (7:29 pace). At this point I had started to lose steam but knew that with only 1 mile left I had to push it to the finish.
I picked up the pace and was able to pass one of the females ahead of me. Mile 3 was done at 21:40 minutes (7:15 pace), and I got to see Ryan and Mason cheering me on right before the finish.
Official race time finish was 22:27 minutes.
3rd place female overall - $35 gift certificate to Trysports
Congrats to Shannon for placing 2nd place in our age group, females 30-34.
Overall it was a great race with an awesome course ... not too hilly but definitely had a few scattered throughout the 3.1 miles. Bananas and oranges at race finish with water. Kind of disorganized post race/awards ceremony situation (for example they gave me a 2nd place certificate because they couldn't find the 3rd place ones). Top finishers (male and female) received a pair of running shoes as their prize so that's pretty neat. I would recommend this race to locals and would definitely try to sign up for this race again in the future!