Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Race Recap: Run to Feed the Hungry 5k {11.24.11}

RaceRun to Feed the Hungry

18th Annual; benefiting the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

Date:  Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Official Results:  3.10/57:04/18:23 avg
Garmin Results:  3.15/57:07/18:09 avg

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This was our 5th year in a row participating in the Thanksgiving morning Run to Feed the Hungry race.  This year we signed up to be on TEAM EXTREME from Off the Wall Soccer and we had originally planned to run the 10k.  But, due to The Right Leg Rebellion Against Running  we ended up walking the 5k instead.

This year was the first year in race history {18 years} that it rained!  There were nearly 27,000 people registered {its the largest race in the Sacramento area} for the 5k and 10k races and more than $850,000 was raised for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.  The 10k started at 8:35am with the 5k starting at 9am.  The 5k course was a bit different than it was the last time we ran it {2009} but it was still a great course weaving through East Sacramento.

Since we were on TEAM EXTREME we got free VIP parking right by the race start and we got to hang out in a VIP tent with water & snacks and propane heaters until the race started.  This was super awesome since it was raining!  There was also a line of VIP port-o-potties.  We got to CSUS, where the parking is for the race and where the race starts, around 7:15am.  We headed over to the  VIP tent and hung out for a while and then after our team photo we headed back to our car to stay dry and warm until closer to the race start.  Closer to 9am we got our rain jackets on and headed to line up for the race start.  After a few words from the Mayor, Kevin Johnson, and a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner we were off!

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Its always a slow start at this race due to the large crowds.  The rain had lightened to a slight drizzle.  The husband and I joined hands and walked along together talking and enjoying the atmosphere.  And we crossed the finish line, 3+ miles later, still holding hands! 

  • Mile 1 – 18:02
  • Mile 2 – 18:11
  • Mile 3 – 18:15
  • Last 0.15 – 2:38

After we finished the race we walked back to our car and headed home to warm-up, shower, and finish cooking Thanksgiving dinner :)

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This is my favorite race and I love starting Thanksgiving morning with this tradition with my husband!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

You guys are so adorable! way to get out there and not letting your injury stop you! Impressive :) Glad you had a great Thanksgiving!