On Saturday I ran the Huntertown Heritage Days 5K in Huntertown, Indiana. Huntertown is a very small community located just north of Fort Wayne. The 5K race kicks off the Saturday portion of the festival and is followed by a parade. Formerly the race was known as the “Charger 5K.” The course is a loop with about two-thirds on paved road. The other third is on a gravel country road.
This year’s race shirt which has the Carroll High School Cross Country Team logo.
This race has a high number of teenage runners, from the local junior high and high school cross country and track teams. I think it safe to say the race was dominated by teenagers, in fact. I believe proceeds go toward the teams, however, we were never told this. The race entry was more than reasonable at $12.
The elements were not ideal at this race. There was the 9 a.m. start during the “dog days” of summer. And it began to rain before the race, then stopped, then started again during the last mile or so of the race. This was not a cooling rain, however, as the humidity remained incredibly high.
The race start. Clearly I am not a shirtless skin and bone teenager, and therefore not at the front. (source)
Official Time: 29:44*
Age Group Placing (Female 25 to 29): 4/5
Overall Placing: 147/198
My eye is on the prize as I near the finish line. (source)
• The race shirt fits! I always request a children’s XL but rarely get one. This race also featured a children’s 1-miler, hence they did have children’s sizes this time.
• My knee held up fine. I am happy to officially be racing again without any ailments.
• I am always appreciative of finding photos of myself after a race. What a hoot. Thank you to the photographers along the course for adding that extra element of fun to the race.
• The weather played an integral role in how horrible this race felt. I realize the weather is beyond anyone’s control, so I’ll try not to let it play too heavily into my recap. However, it was pretty miserable. The air was so thick it was really just hard to breathe. I was covered with condensation from the moment we arrived and stepped out of our vehicle.
• Performance-wise I felt like a failure. I walked several times during the last 1.1 miles. The first two miles I managed in a PR-pace of about 17:45 combined. Clearly that was too fast for me. Combined with the elements, I just pooped out.
• The swag was paltry. Apparently because the husband and I sent our registration in together we were given one swag bag instead of two.
The Swag: A bag, a toothbrush, a pen and a rubber grip.
• No post-race food for runners. I expected at least bananas or crackers. Warm Gatorade and bottled water is all we were offered as part of our entry fee.
• There was no chip timing or bibs. We were given an index card at race finish with a number.
I’ll pass on this race next time.
*Both my watch and the finish clock said about 30:05. The husband agreed our watches and the clock were the official time. Not sure where 29:44 came from, but that’s what was posted. I’ll go with their time, for the record.