The course should be very familiar to local triathletes as the Kal RATS Sprint Triathlon originally set the run course for its event. Participants have a beautiful start location at Kinsmen Beach and head out for about 1.5 km of fairly flat terrain that takes them up into some residential and hobby farm areas. After about 1.5 km, the course throws a hill at you that would be classified as moderate to difficult depending on your level of fitness. The hill is about 200-300 meters long. After the hill you will hit a small rolling section and then drop down a short (but very steep) hill towards the turnaround point. After turning around, you are greeted by a nasty little climb that is short but steep. From here on in, the course is fairly flat with a couple of downhill sections. Overall, the course is a nice little run with a couple of challenges. The course rating would be moderate difficulty for a 5k road race.
The event organization was good. The event is not chip timed nor are the results recorded. This is a fun event and the organizers made sure that people were welcomed and the environment was participatory. There were a couple of volunteers from Good Life Fitness that showed up to lead a warm up with some fancy Zumba moves which was well received. The course was very easy to follow. It was open to traffic but it had a couple of volunteers doing traffic control duties at a couple of intersections. There was an aid station on the course. The event was open to walkers and strollers. There was a great little barbecue at the end of the race and the participants went home happy. The only shortcoming of the event was the promotion of the race itself. There were only about 50+ participants that attended. It is also on Mother's Day weekend and had to compete with some other big events that draw a lot of athletes in the area.
WHO IS THIS RACE GOOD FOR?
This is a fun run. This is not a competitive event. If you want to get out with some friends and raise money for a good cause then this is a great little run for you. If you have a infant that you would like to push around or a mom/dad that needs the exercise, then drag them out and have some fun. This race is purely a fundraiser so please treat it as such.
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