When: June 28th 2015
Where: Robert Morris Sports Center, Neville Island
Swag: basic cotton T-shirt
Finishers Medal: This medal is huge. It is made to look like a Super Bowl ring to go along with the nfl theme.
Course: Flat and fast!!!!! The course was an out and back course with no hills. The street was wide enough that you had plenty of room to pass people. One thing I did notice was there was no water stop, for me this was no big deal but some people like to have that option during the race.
Finish area: They had your basic water, banana's, and cookies. Nothing special but they had more than enough for the 1000 runners.
My experience: I went into this race with the plan to just run. I wasn't going to use a pace group or my Garmin. I was just going to run and see what happens. My friend Russ was running his first race so I wanted to make sure I finished and got back on the road to see him finish. I started out at a nice pace of 7:50 for the first mile. I felt really good so I decided to pick up the pace and start picking people off one by one. My split for for the second mile was in the 7:20's. At the turn around I noticed Russ was doing great and wasn't far from the 8:00 pace group. The final mile I found myself grouped in with a few people and didn't realize I let them dictate the pace. My pace dropped into the 7:30's and I ended up finishing with a time of 23:18.. A 7:30 pace per mile. I was pretty excited to see I did good with not training to hard the 4 weeks up to the race. After I finished I ran back to the finish to watch Russ cross in 25 minutes and some change.
OVERALL: This race was a fast course and a great race to get a medal for an easy 5K. It was a little confusing trying to see the course map since there was problems finding a location for the race. It was a little unorganized for the 1st year but that is expected. I will def. be doing this race again in the future. This race is part of a series and the winner of each city competes at a later date for the championship, which is really cool. I highly recommend this race and if you are looking for a PR this race is all you.