This past Sunday I ran The Friends Run 10k for the first time. The race start and finish was at the Jewish Community Center. The course was pretty hilly and challenging; maybe the hardest course I've run in Charlotte?
The start of the race was based on gun time so I started pretty close to the front. There weren't a lot of participants; results showed around 60 runners (the 5k seemed more popular). I maintained a position of 3rd female for most of the race. Somewhere around 4.5 miles I caught up to the 2nd female and she told me to speed past her. I wasn't sure how much speeding I was going to do. By then my legs were tired from all of the hills and I had started to get hot. I managed to speed past her and found myself crossing the finish line in a little over 48 minutes.
One of my favorite parts of a Start 2 Finish race is the ability to look up race results instantly at their tent. The print out showed 1st overall female which stunned me; what happened to the other girl? I never passed her so I was super confused.
After talking to some race officials I was told that the 1st female had gotten lost and didn't complete the race course correctly. It was my first time placing 1st overall female! The prize was a $50 gift certificate at Dick's sporting goods which will not go to waste since Mason's budding sports career has been costly.
Although I will probably pass on this race in the future (I'm a wuss when it comes to hills) I must say that there were a ton of positives! The crowd support along the course was great ... lots of volunteers. The mimosas post race were a great incentive to finish quickly. The race t-shirts are made out of the softest material and aren't oversized.
If you don't mind the hills you should definitely challenge yourself next year and run this race.