Okay, so even though I picked up my race packet early and was soooo tempted to skip the race…I went. And even ran. I’m still shocked.
In reviewing all the race information for the Helvetia Half and Widmer Bros. 10k, it said to get there by 6:30 am (the race started at 8:00 am) because it’s kind of a big race (I think about 3300 people total) and parking fills up fast. So I got there at about 6:20 am.
There was a line of cars when I got there, but parking was easy. There were tons of volunteers and that really helped keep things organized. I know the parking lot filled up, though, and there were people walking from pretty far away before the race started. Because I got there so early, I sat in my car until about 7:00 am before heading out. It was pretty cold and I didn’t want to just stand around like a big loser.
When I finally got out of the car, I went to look at the booths:
I even got a tattoo!!
There was also a booth giving out Clif bar and Clif shot blok samples…people were totally cowing down on those and it was hilarious. G would have parked himself there all day if he’d gone with me. Oh and there was regular food like bagels, Clif bars, bananas, oranges and cookies set out too.
It was really nice that the race had a bag check, too. I put all my stuff in a giant garbage bag (that they provided),
wrote my bib number on it and handed it over to the volunteers.
It was really organized and I loved not having to walk to my car 50 times before the race.
After I turned over my stuff to the volunteers, I walked to the start.
And stood there by myself, like a weirdo. But pretty soon we lined up. This was the crowd in front of me:
And here’s the crowd behind me:
And there were pacers for the people running the half (with yellow balloons):
I’ve never run with a pacer (because my goal is usually just not to die), but I think it would have been fun to for this race. Because the 10k-ers only ran the with the half marathon people for about 1 mile, the pacers were kind of useless for us. Oh well.
The race started right on time, which was great and it was a pretty run, too. This is the turn off for the 10k people:
I was happy to get there because there were so many fewer people running the 10k than the half (900 v. 2400).
The course was kind of rolling hills. I used to really hate hills, but now I find that it kind of breaks things up a little. These hills were different, though, in that you can feel when you’re going up, but you can’t really tell when you’re going down. I didn’t like that too much, but overall, it was a good course. There was one part that was on gravel (not my favorite), but even that wasn’t too bad.
This was my favorite part of the course:
Actually, that was my second favorite part. My real favorite part of the course was this:
It was a lot fun to run through the stadium at the finish. And it helped that the stadium is so big because you can see it from far away…it kind of gives you hope that you might actually finish.
So after I recovered from the race, it was time to get a burger! I’m not usually a fan of eating after a run/race, but I had to check out the burger situation.
As part of the race, everyone got a free burger (either veggie or meat). I picked veggie.
Like the rest of the race, the burger station was really organized and they had all the burger toppings you could want.
I didn’t take any carrots or celery because I’m healthy like that. I did take chips though!
Oh and for all you beer drinkers out there…they had a beer garden!!!
I took that picture at about 9:15 am. People are balls to the wall about their beer!
Overall, I think this was a great race and I totally recommend it…just make sure you get there early. It’s very well organized, a nice course and you get a lot of free sh*t…I took 14 Clif bars. Just trying to keep up with G.