In October, I ran the River City Rat Race 10K in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was $17 for the early fee. However, that was still more than I have paid for any 5K or 10K. I usually pay $12 or $15 per race.
Well, when the swag bag came I was no longer griping. A lovely moisture wick Brooks neon yellow long-sleeve running shirt. A bit big (I even ordered an XS), but otherwise lovely. Well worth the cash.
River City Rat Race
Pace: 10:53 per mile
Overall: 490 / 626
Division Place (Female 25-29): 30 / 40
Placing Among Women: 191 / 293
In addition, apparently us Fort residents have major sink drain issues. I got not one but two different drain cleaners in the swag bag. In addition, some Jelly Belly Sport Beans and some muscle cream, a ticket for free bowling or mini-golf, dishwasher soap, a chip clip and a set of thunder stix. Obviously the swag bag was a big plus for me. Love me some freebies.
There were also a ton of post-race door prizes. I didn’t win any but I give props to the race director for organizing all of that. In addition, the prizes were announced ASAP after the race. Granted I came in at 1:07. But I would say at 1:30 they promptly started announcing 5K winners, prizes and then the 10K winners. Most races I’ve been to lately really botch this part up. Awesome job on getting the info out right after the race.
River City Rat Race
Post-race food I had some good experiences, ie. Gatorade, bananas, lots of h20 and Sun Chips. Volunteers along the race course to monitor every turn. And FWPD did an excellent job again with traffic control. This was my second 10K. I went in with hopes of a small PR. I basically tied my time from July but… taking into consideration the start of the race (details below) I probably did better. The good is that I did not do worse. And I’m always happy to complete a longer-distance race too.
The race touted good scenery. And I’ll agree. However, I’m a bit biased just because I have personally run most of that route this summer on training runs. So for me it was old hat. I wore a black Bondi Band during the race which apparently was too much. My head was on fire by mile 2.5 so I had to take it off. Then I put it back on later folded up a bit.
There were only two water stops along the 10K route. I’ve been to 5K’s that had more. A double-back stop is always nice too because it doesn’t take more volunteer effort but allows runners another sip if they need it. I was OK with most of the post-race food. They did offer mini Subway sandwiches but I only took a bite or two.
The sandwich was soggy by the time I got one. There were allegedly bagels (all gone by the time I got there.) I’d probably run the River City Rat Race 10K again next year if given the chance. But I won’t plan my whole autumn schedule around it.