Overland Park, KS
We knew it was coming and here it was. The first really COLD race of the season. Temperature at the start of the race was about 18 degrees (f). Brrr. We had a saving grace today though as the wind was low and the sun was out. By the end of the race, I was definitely sweating.
This race was my first race ever back in 2010. The course has changed since then, but it was still nice to be back where it all started. I’ve completed this race seven times now. I do believe it is the annual 5k I have run the most in my twelve year running career.
This race is always well done. I know that it cannot be easy for a race company to be out early on such a cold morning. It is nice that this race has a warm staging area. As it is held on the campus of Johnson County Community College, the school opens up the gym to runners before the race to give everyone a place to gather and stay out of the elements.
The race kicks off at 9:00am. Another way to try and add a little warmth to the run. I definitely will never try and convince anyone that this is a flat course. You definitely will have your fill of hill action during this race. This course and this area is very familiar to me. I lived less than a mile from this course for thirteen years. I have run this course and these sidewalks eleventybillion times. I moved away from here about a year and a half ago, so it was nice again to be on familiar ground.
The race has you out on two public roads. They mark the right line off for the runners, but thankfully you aren’t dealing with traffic for long. You do a lot of running on the junior college campus, so it is nice to stay away from Sunday drivers.
The race ends with a nice little downhill to the finish line. A bottle of water and a nice medal await you at the finish line. Credit to this race as their finisher medals get a little better every year. They definitely do their best to make these medals memorable.
There is just one more race awaiting us in 2022. The Time Travel 10k on New Years Eve presented by Bodies Race Company. I’m looking forward to the lovely flat course at English Landing Park in Parkville, MO. That should be a fun race. Although on New Years Eve, you never know what the weather might have in store for you.
After that, there’s a few weeks off and then we are right back to the grind. Starting 2023 with the Battle of the Bean.
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