I don’t get out to organized races very often. In fact this is the first one I’ve run in several years. But as part of the marathon training, Roommate and I are trying to get out to as many as we can. Race #1 came last Saturday at the Rockville Twilight 8k Runfest. We had heard of horrible humidity and tough racing conditions, but this year couldn’t have been better. With clear skies and about 75 degrees, it was a perfect evening to lace up our Asics and hit the road.
I was really impressed with the organization of the race, and all the excitement surrounding it. About 2000 people showed up in ready to run. There were people cheering at nearly every corner, families out in their front yards, a guy dressed up in a banana suit, and even a jazz band that popped up a few times. The course itself showed us a few hills, keeping the runners challenged and reminding them to push themselves. I was lucky enough to have a pretty large crowd armed with cowbells, making it impossible to miss them even in the dark.
The post race festivities were just as good as the race itself. With registration came 4 free beers and band. My group closed down the party, sticking around until after the stage was torn down and the lights off. It was a great night, making me excited about the many races to come.
This weekend brings the Crystal City Twilight 5k. They have big Twilight shoes to fill, let’s see how it goes.