The race was a fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey. Before the race, on-line registration closed with 157 participants registered. The beautiful weather and prize money ultimately brought out 236 runners and walkers to the event. I haven't run a race in recent memory where prize money was offered and maybe never for a 5K. The incentive seemed to work. The small field was loaded with speedsters.
The course may have been the prettiest 5K course that I've ever run, I'm sure the weather had a lot to do with that. The course, similar to the Lake Spivey Road Race 15K course, runs clockwise around the lake to finish where it started. Runners started on the road before quickly darting off-road and onto a tight gravel trail, through some woods, and then onto a 14' to 16' wide asphalt path marked with white chalk arrows, orange tape, and tree roots painted for better visibility where needed. It was also a great introduction to some brief trail running. I'm ready for Ragnar now!
|41-degrees at 8:23 a.m.|
|The entrance to the parking lot|
|Parvin State Park Office|
|The Chick-fil-a cow in New Jersey (for my Jonesboro,GA friends)|
|The park office overlooks Parvin Lake|
|Me dressed warm before the race|
|Scott dressed less warm before the race|
|Scott at the finish|
|Spectators wait for runners to finish|
|Two dads with lots of kids running around|
|A runner in costume|
|Food, water, and Scott|
|Looking west at one-half of the lake|
|The view of the park office from the lake|
|Scott talks to another runner as he waits for the results|
|Waiting for the awards to be presented|
|Runners in costume|
|Race bib number|
|Bone Run long-sleeve technical t-shirt (back)|
|Bone Run t-shirt (front)|
As I said previously, the prize money bought our a super fast group of runners. Before the first turn, not 300 yards into the race, many of them were already 100 feet ahead of me. The overall winner finished in 14:59. The fastest guy over 50 years old, my age-group, finished in 15:49. That's ridiculously fast for an old fart.
Scott and I left without any bling!
The results were posted on-line at RunSignUp.com.
Event pictures can be found on Flickr.
Thanks for reading.
Update: Racing to the finish line. I love it when an event organizer takes pictures and posts them online for free. I think it helps promote the race, especially when the images are later posted on social media.