This is a guest post written by my husband.
I decided throw down with the Parrot Head Run 5K as a tuner race to prep me for the Bay Days 5-Miler in the upcoming days. This year the Parrot Head Run was on Saturday, June 24 in the Flats area near downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
The Parrot Head Run was advertised as a scenic run and it did not disappoint. The course took runners down Front Avenue and Canal Road – running between the Cuyahoga River and Terminal Tower.
The starting / finishing line was on Old River Road in front of the Odeon. The course was comprised of a one loop during the first mile that turned into an out and back. The course was mostly flat with the exceptions on running an incline and barreling downhill during the first mile.
Parrot Head Run
From the ding of the starting bell, my felt in pretty good condition – largely in part from using Hal Higdon’s training regimen for an 8K. When I approached the first mile marker I was surprised by my time given the couple of hills I had encountered. The second and third mile went smoother as the course was flatter. I was able to keep a consistent pace.
The race began at 4 p.m. There was also a 1-mile race offered in addition to the 5K event. The cost for the race was $25 for pre-registration. Parking was at the public lots in the Flats and only a short walking distance from the race start.
Official Time: 25:25
Overall Pace: 8:12/mile
Overall Placing: 86/506
Age Group Placing: 8/23
Mile 1: 7:50
Mile 2: 8:22
Mile 3 and .1: 8:12 / 1:01
Parrot Head Run
Crossing the finish line was very satisfying. It felt good putting that training and conditioning towards something and have it yield positive results. Overall I thought my split times were good. My overall pace was 8:12 per mile and it felt good.
For the Parrot Head Run being in its first year – I thought Hermes Road Racing did a great job in coordinating the event. With just over 500 participants this year I would envision an increase next year.
Seeing proceeds from the race benefited Fostering Hope (an organization that supports children in foster care) felt humbling and made participating all the more fun.
This was the first year for this race. Runners received a polyester T-shirt and a gold finisher medal (complete with a bottle opener). Post-race refreshments included water and each runner received a ticket for a beer from Sibling Revelry Brewery in Westlake, Ohio as part of a post-race party.
The race was capped at a maximum of 750 participants for 2017. There was also a race-themed goody bag for the Parrot Head Run but I did not receive one as the bags were limited to the first 500 individuals to pick up their bib. Bib pickup prior to race day was only offered at the Fleet Feet Sports location in Strongsville, Ohio.