Run 4 Hope Race Report
Gun time – 26:17
Chip time – 26:10
Pace – 5:16
Category place – 2/33
Gender place – 3/124
Overall place – 32/206
Last Sunday I did the Run 4 Hope. There are 2 distances, 5K and 10K. I chose the 5K with the goal of getting a new personal best. My current PB at this point was obtained at the Toronto Women’s Race where I ran 26:16. That was almost a year ago. This was a local race and a small race at that 223 entrants and 206 finishers (for the 5K only).
The morning of the race was
cool, no it was kind of cold. I had on capris and a long sleeve quarter zip. I wish I had a jacket. Once we got running though things warmed up as they usually do. Along with the 5K and 10K this race also had a high school challenge. So there were quite a few students there as well. The 10K started first and then 5 minutes later the 5K started. I kept my steady pace for the first few kilometres and then I slowed down a bit as I felt like I was going too fast. There was one small (but not small) hill that I sadly walked up (I think I was just being lazy really, I could have ran it). I felt a little off about this race. I felt that it was feeling a little harder for me than it really should have. I crossed the finish with a gun time of 26:17 and a chip time of 26:10. A PB by 6 seconds!
It turns out that this is a race I will forever remember. That 26:17 gun time was enough to get me 3rd overall female in the race!!!! What??? Ya 3rd overall female in the 5K and 2nd in my age group. It was my first ever time making it to the podium. Love small races! What a great feeling!! I won a trophy :) We had to wait a while for the awards (brr so cool outside). So I went in to talk to friends and grab a post race banana. This was a small race but they had a good post race selection of food – bananas, bagels (with cream cheese), varieties of cookies and hot soup! Oh and the tech shirt was nice too. I did not take a pic of mine for some reason but I got a shot of the back of the shirt from the photographer in the little gallery below.
All in all I think this was a great local race. I think the registration was like $35, maybe even less. A nice race tech top, good food, nice and easy course and good friends. I would absolutely recommend this race and do it again.
All photos generously provided by Sue Sitki Photography.