Personal Running Solutions/Bold City Beer Run #1 (5k-ish)
Thursday, June 28, 2012, 7pm
Chip Time: 38:27
So the first race for the PRS (Personal Running Solutions)/Bold City Beer Run was great! With $5 an entry AND it going to support Personal Running Solutions (a good cause), how could I NOT sign up for this race? The race started off at Bold City Brewery over in Riverside.
It was an interesting course. Looking at the map, it was a bit of a head-scratcher. Here was the info we received prior to the event.
Here is the race course:
This is a 4 lap course that starts and finishes at Bold City Brewery.
START: Runners will start in the Bold City Brewery Parking lot and exit out of the back of Bold City taking a left onto Gilmore Street and then an immediate right onto West Street.
Got it? Great. Essentially its a big loop that for each time you run around the circle, you cut in a street closer.
Adam ran this one too, so we met up after work at Bold City. Things were already buzzing with activity. It was a fun mix of runners along with the usual brewery guests.
I took a warm up run and was very pleased to see that PRS had done a road check filling cones or signs in any holes or bad concrete to protect the runners. I did about a half a mile warm up. It was HOT!
The race was VERY casual. While it was timed (and fairly accurately I found out at the end), it wasn’t chip timed. There wasn’t a big gun to announce the start of the race. Everyone just sorta gathered near Paul, the race director, at the beginning until he announced it was time to start.
While Adam and I were waiting, we got our traditional “pre-race photo” done. It was around 90 degrees out at this point even though the sun was just starting to set and it was almost 7pm.
Paul stood on a chair and gave a mini announcement urging everyone to run a smart race, remember to not be stupid, and gave a brief overview of the course and the looping.
Next thing I knew, we were off and running. It was fun to run here because I never had. Initially I’d thought the race route was a little crazy just because of the area of town.
It’s not exactly an area of town I would choose to walk in let alone go for a run, but honestly, I’m just being a priss. Yes, there was random trash lying around, the houses weren’t exactly ready for Martha Stewart to visit, and not all the houses had grass. Overall, it was a perfectly fine place to run, and Personal Running Solutions did an excellent job ensuring everyone stuck to the route and avoiding cars.
On the first loop (mile 1), there were plenty of people sitting outside probably wondering why were were all so crazy to be running in this heat.
Along with marking off holes in the roadway, they also had people stationed at every road crossing to ensure that cars would stop for us. They were also helpful for when you get a bit dazed out from running in the heat and forget which loop you’re on. NOT that that would ever happen to me.
Another safety feature they have is several people on bikes. One person with the first runner, and one with the last. There may have been an extra biker or two riding around in between too, but I can’t quite remember.
On the south most street, we had to run along side a busier road. They marked off our area with cones, and there really were no issues running on that road. There wasn’t even THAT much traffic.
First loop almost finished, I had the pleasure of running past these guys. They were SO friendly.
“Hey baby, after you’re done running, why don’t you swing by our place for a beer after the race!!”
Isn’t that so nice of them? Unfortunately, my whopping $5 race entry included a free beer. After I drank my Duke of Whale (Killer Whale and Dukes half and half), I’d forgotten about their kind offer.
More loops run.
Finally passed this guy. He was giving everyone high-fives on the course. Hmm that definitely rang a bell. In fact, I last found him at the Krispy Kreme Challenge in an orange shirt giving everyone high fives. I attributed it to a sugar rush, but it seems this is how he runs every race!
Finally, after lots of running, sweating, and even walking, I was almost done with the blazing heat. Once I was close to the end, Paul joined my side to motivate me to finish. I totally beat him too! (Just kidding. We fake sprinted to the finish, and I fake cut him off right at the end. Only way I could fake win against this guy!)
Finally the finish. I rolled past the finish line super hot dying for air conditioning. I wasn’t thrilled with my race time. (I used to run 5ks in under 30 minutes!!) One thought I did have was that this was a series. I had 1 month until the next race…until then, it was free beer time!
Wanna give the Beer Run a shot? There’s a few more left!
Personal Running Solutions/Bold City Beer Run #2
July 19, 2012 – $10