Saturday morning, June 11, 2011 at NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma.
This is a great run for a great cause: Rivers of Hope
“Rivers of Hope’s mission is to help children in need of a forever family find permanent loving homes and their own sense of self-worth by developing and coordinating resources and programs to create community awareness, recruit adoptive families, provide financial aid for adoption and assistance for foster children and orphans.”
The Race: We arrived bright and early at the park. I was pleasantly surprised to find ample free parking for this event. I’m sure in a year or two this will change as the support for this race is sure to go up.
We were given a timing chip for the race but they only timed from the gun start for the race. Since we had a stroller we had to start at the back of the pack. This cost us 40 seconds of running on the spot before we crossed the start for real but not a huge deal.
The race borders the edges of NTC Park and does a small over and back across the bridge at the west end of the park. If you’re planning on running the course with a stroller be prepared, the first 200 yards or more are over a rough unpaved section of path that is barely two people wide. You’ll get bogged down early. Other than the opening bottle neck the race opens wide along the park paths. It was a great race with runners of all ages (especially kids running hard!) Sarah got a nice surprise halfway through the race when she realized she was running alongside Rivers himself!
If you’re a parent with young kids who like to run this is definitely a race where you all will be challenged and have a good time.
We finished in good time, Sarah finishing in a time of 24:30 making her 8th in her age group and 123rd overall. Evan and I rolled in at a respectable 24:27 for 15th in my age group and 121st overall. Not bad out of 1505 people!
This is where the Rivers 5K really excels. By far the biggest and most stocked post race event booths at a 5K so far. The food selection included the basic bananas, muffins and bagels but also featured Papa John’s Pizza, signature sub sandwishs, philly steaks, Rubios burritos, powerade, muscle milk, coconut water, full IHOP breakfast, Soup Plantation, and a host of vendor booths with heaps of free stuff.
There were bouncy castles and slides for the kids as well as a great live band. Several of Rivers’ NFL friends were there to sign autographs and mingle with the kids & runners after the race (Jammer, Tolbert, , and the punter for the NY Jets) as well as a bib raffle for some really nice prizes such as Chargers Tickets, sea world passes, gift baskets and much more.)
Rivers then awarded the overall winners and the top three from every age group in the race with prizes as well.
This is a great race that we as a family really enjoyed and intend to run again next year. With 1500 people attending it’s only going to get bigger next year so mark your calendars!
Pros: Great all ages race, Great parking, Amazing food and post race booths, Great prizes and Raffle, NFL players hanging out, solid entertainment, and a chance to run Rivers down on the course.
Cons: Tight course with rough terrain at the start, and although we were givien timers chips our times were only taken for the Gun Start rather than our actual times (we lost a good 40 seconds waiting to cross the start line. So get to the head of the pack if you don’t run with a stroller!)
Another race in the books for SGO Fitness, If you would like to run a race with us feel free to check out our monthly bootcamp schedule for the next one on our list http://www.sgofitness.com/SGOBinder1.pdf
We still have a couple of past races to blog about so keep your eyes peels for our next race post!
Dedicated to your success,
Sean Gogarty, ACE-CPT