I woke up on Saturday morning at 6:20 a.m., checked the weather. It was cold and clear as was forecast. I got my standing around clothes and gear ready to go. I'd set out most of what I thought I'd need the night before. I was out the door at 7:20 a.m. The race was scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. The Clayton County Int'l Park entrance was only a few minutes drive from my house. I checked in at the registration table and then meandered around the pavilion a bit looking for someone to pace me. I was checking the competition. The field of runners was small but there were a few runners that looked pretty fast. The race started as scheduled at 8 a.m. with the 5Kers going first. In previous years the 5Kers and 15Kers started together. This year the Clayton County Parks and Rec. Department, who organizes the race, did things a little differently. The 15Kers waited as the 5K walkers creeped eastward on Walt Stephens Road. As the 15Kers prepared to start the 5Kers were strung out on the course in a few minutes and soon the 15Kers were off and running.
The weather before the race was perfect. It felt cold but it was nothing that a few sprints in the parking lot before the race wouldn't cure.
The 15K course was a bit long, 9.43 miles on my Garmin, as the starting mat was located at the finish and not on the actual starting line some 100' away. That was not a big deal though, everybody has to run the same course, short or long. The mile markers were a bit off as well. They weren't off by much but my Garmin and the markers never did jive. Also, no big deal. Water stations were located throughout the course. I didn't use them but it was nice that they were there. There was also a port-o-let between mile 5 and mile 6 should the need arise. It did not, but it could have, and if it did they had it covered.
The bibs included a timing chip to remove and lace through one of my running shoes. The timing mat was used at the start and finish. I like that! Pull tabs are so 2000's. The 5K race I ran in late October had pull tabs and I know the results were messed up. The October race was still a fun race. I'm just sayin'
|My First place Age-Group Medal|
|The Lake Spivey Road Race long-sleeve technical t-shirt|
|Gabriel, me, and Jon|
|Jon accepting his overall winner award|
|On the stage|
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