I headed up there just in time for the kickoff at 12:30, which was a 5k fun run. Their website didn't say anything but "5k fun run" so I figured we would just take a loop around the neighborhood. Turns out their idea of a fun run is all the perks of a road race, minus timing chips, for free! We even had to wear a number and sign a waiver for the run.
A pretty large group showed up for the run - and for 25 percent of the crowd, they said it was their first run ever! I give them major props for coming out...I don't think I would ever have the guts to come out for a community event for my first run. We got a pep talk, and were led through some stretches...and off we went!
|Getting pepped for our fun run!|
The course ended up being a mile loop around the site of the event. In order to keep track of everyone's progress, at the beginning of each loop they handed us a random playing card. Once you collected 4, you veered off the loop to proceed to the finish line, where they had one more for you. Whoever had the best poker hand by the end, won some raffle prizes.
|Pretty nice finish setup for a fun run!|
|My poker hand...too bad that 7 wasn't a king|
|Oh hey National Marathon, even a fun run managed to have water cups filled for us (sorry guys, couldn't resist!)|
After the fun run, I headed inside to check out the expo they had set up. It was mostly gear for sale and a table advertising for the foundation's training programs. I was really excited to see they were setting up a marathon training group 5 minutes from my apartment. Since their marathon is only three weeks away from New York, I'm definitely considering joining them if I do get the chance to run this year.
|One of the booths with gear for sale|
|A local bike store set up indoor trainers so you could give their bikes a whirl|
|The pool was longer than it looks, I swear!!|