Saturday the husband and I ran the Leo-Cedarville Freedom Run 5K in Leo, Indiana. This was the inaugural year for the race. A 5K was offered along with a kids run. Medals were offered to overall winners along with first place winners from each age group. Second and third place awards were not given.
Official Time: 32:02
Age Group Placing (Female 25-29): 4/10
Overall Placing: 87/150
I wore rhinestone sunglasses… for speed.
– I’m always partial to small-town races because they are less crowded and there is always a better shot at an age group award. So for the small-town feel this race was spot on.
– Gatorade and bottled water was available for runners immediately post-race. There were also fresh bananas and goodie bags. The bags had a pack of crackers, pack of mixed nuts and two trail mix-type bars. Great job on the post-run fueling options!
– T-shirt design and color was decent. Mine, per usual, is too big but the design was pleasant, unlike some other shirts I have received.
– Crowd support. Good overall, volunteers marked the course and cheered on runners. A lot of locals showed up as well.
– The race started at 9 a.m. … in July. This was a known “bad” point from the start. However, I held out hope that maybe it wouldn’t be that hot and maybe the sun wouldn’t be out. Neither was the case.
– While I felt I prepared properly for the run, got in 10 miles during the week — had a rest day the day before the race, hydrated up, and fueled up, my performance was definitely sub-par and one I’d like to forget.
– Hands down, this was the second-hottest 5K I have ever run. I’ll let the 2010 New Haven Bulldog Blast 5K take the cake as still being the hottest.
– I had drank my h20, took a restroom break and took my GU gel all on time. Then literally right after that it was announced the race would not start at 9 a.m. Other folks had been doing the same, prepping for the race, running laps, stretching, etc. The vibe was definitely tense with an extended wait.
– Performance-wise I ended up walking about four times. I was flat out beat. Mostly from the heat and humidity, and also mentally from the lack of organization at this race. I just wanted it to be over with. Given my recent performance at other 5Ks this season, had things been better I probably would have passed about 20 runners. Instead folks were passing me at this race.
I doubt I would run the Leo-Cedarville Freedom Run again. I walked away from this race being most happy with the post-race food, and eager to take a shower.