The race started at 6pm and had over 800 finishers. Ryan and Mason headed to the race with me, which was a nice change since the past couple of early morning races I've missed my cheerleaders.
Each participant (that was 21 and older) received 2 free pints of beer after the race.
I wasn't used to running in the evening, especially with how hot it has been in Charlotte. I think race day temperatures were in the 90's with the sun still out during the race.
I ran hard and encountered some hills that I assumed would be the end of me. Somehow I managed to cross the finish line in 22:11 minutes, shaving 10 seconds off my previous PR.
I placed in the top 5 females, and missed placing 1st in Females 30-34 by less than 4 seconds.
The course wasn't too bad compared to other 5ks in Charlotte. There were some hilly parts but you can't escape those in the Queen City. Plus it was a nice change to run through the very artsy and eclectic neighborhood of NoDa.
Overall the race was a lot of fun and I'm stoked Mason and Ryan were there to see me win 2nd place in my age group. Now to figure out a way to shave off 12 seconds so I can FINALLY run a sub 22 minute 5k!
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