Disclosure: I received a complimentary race entry. All opinions are my own.
The day before E’s birthday (March 1) I ran my first non-virtual race of the years – the 80s Retro Run 5K. I was super excited about this race because I ran it with some pretty amazing peeps! I love having so many runner friends! Not only was I going to be seeing a bunch of my friends but we were all going to be decked out in some rockin’ 80s gear. Try not to be jealous of how totally rad we look.
Now, one thing to note – it was so SO cold that morning! I couldn’t feel my toes until 1.5 miles in. At least the race wasn’t until 10 a.m., so we had a little sunshine by the time we got started and nobody got frost bite. Despite the frigid temps, there were some very awesome outfits including Madonna, Hulk Hogan and John Cusack from Say Anything! There was also tons of eye-searing neon and countless leotards. Checking out everyone’s sweet duds was the best part of the race!
The race course wound its way back and forth through the Frederick County Fairgrounds (Frederick, MD) and the terrain included everything from asphalt, grass, gravel and the sand of the horse track. It was not the most exciting race course (there was nothing to really see and there were no decoration, even at the start and finish, though there were speakers stationed along the course blasting ‘80s tunes) and it was rather rough on the ankles, to be honest. The ground was frozen, so running on the grass was the worst. But despite that we ran a pretty quick race! It wasn’t timed (and I forgot my Garmin) but the race began at 10 a.m. and we were across the finish line by 10:35. And we were not one of the first people to cross the starting line, so kudos, ladies!
All in all, this was a great race concept but I thought it could have been a little better executed considering the cost. (I think $60 is very pricy for a 5K.) I did expect a bit more fanfare. That being said, I did have fun and I think this is totally the best kind of race to do with friends. I would run it again – particularly if it were scheduled for late spring/early summer so that the temperature would be above freezing!
Big thanks to PB and E for coming to cheer me on! Unfortunately the cold got to E by the end of the race (she refused to keep her gloves on). Poor little peanut.
It was time to head out to grab some grub at a local diner – yum!
Did you race this past weekend?