On Saturday I ran the Runners on Parade 3-Miler in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This was the third year I have run this race. You can read my 2010 Runners on Parade Race Recap here. The Runners on Parade is usually a 5K. Because of construction downtown this year the race was shortened to 3 miles.
This is typically the largest 5K in Fort Wayne and second-largest race. The only larger race is the Fort-4-Fitness Half-Marathon, 10K and 4-Miler race, which is in September. Usually the Runners on Parade race has about 1,000 runners or more. This year there were just under 800 runners. The Runners on Parade race helps kick off the annual Three Rivers Festival as well.
The #1 Highlight of this year’s race?
Official Time: 27:36
Per Mile Average Pace: 9:12
Age Group Placing (25-29): 25/40
Overall Placing: 537/777
The husband and I Pre-Race
- This was my fastest ever recorded race time! My previous PR was set in May 2010 at the Winona Lake 5K. There my average per mile pace was 9:16. While this year’s Runners on Parade was not a full 5K, I am counting this as a PR. It took me a day to agree to this, per the husband’s urging. I am stickler for being honest about my race times.
- I don’t have my mile 2 or 3 splits, but for mile 1 my time was 8:47. Wow.
- My mom came to visit and was able to watch us race, hence some family encouragement and even more race photos.
- The course was mostly flat. There was one incline as a I recall, but not enough to even call a hill. I enjoy this course because it’s the one time you can run through the streets that I normally only ever drive on. It’s right downtown in the heart of the city.
Runners Get Ready
And We’re Off!
Here I Come!
Kicking it to the Finish Line
Proof I Worked for this One.
I was still somewhat dealing with my knee issues from last week. While I was not in pain on race day, I did notice some tenderness in my knee hours after the race. Also, during the race — likely related — my right IT band tightened up. I had to run through that discomfort. I can only imagine how much time I could have shaved off without the discomfort.
- A plethora of race photos were taken but I do not appear to be in any of them. Disappointing, that’s all.
- The water given out at the end of the race was warm. The husband said initially there were bottles in a cooler but apparently by the time I finished what was left was not cooled.
- As in years past the only issue with this course is that the sun can be terribly blinding and warming. Despite the 8 a.m. start it was still a sweatfest by the race finish.
I can’t really speak on the awards or post-race food. For some reason every year we head out rather quickly after this race, I think because there are so many people there. Afterward we just wanted to shower and fuel up at home. My placing was a definite improvement from last year, when I was 32 out of 53 women in my age group. I’d love to see myself in the top half of my age group and finishers. So I definitely have something to work toward.
I also was able to bump into a few old coworkers who ran the Runners on Parade too. In all, it was great beginning to the weekend and I’m happy to say I’ve set the bar higher and I’ve gotten faster. My training is paying off.