My third race of the weekend was the Race For Education held in East Memphis. Proceeds for the event were donated to Shelby County Schools and since Susan is a school teacher, running this event seemed appropriate. Supposedly if you registered as a runner for a specific school, that school received a direct contribution from the race. I hope that is the case.
The race was a three miler and after a 5K and half marathon, I was just planning on completing the race vertically. I know others have run in events like the Goofy Challenge, but this was my first experience with events on three consecutive days. My legs were sore, but I was able to run a very strong race. In fact, if this race would have been a certified 5K, it would have been very close to a PR! My official time was 26:57, which I thought was great for running on stiff and sore legs. After the event, I told Susan that I wanted to find another 5K soon so I could go out it 100% to see if I could eclipse my PR. We shall see.
Swag: C-: I will bump this some once there is some proof of donation to Susan’s school, but for now, it is a D since all we got was a t-shirt that was nowhere near the best race shirt that I have gotten. There was plenty of bananas, oranges, and bottles of water post race for many more runners than were registered. Also, I had my lowest bib number ever with a 3, which was the product of being the third registrant for the event.
Course: B: Solid, but hilly course that went through some commercial and residential areas. It was a three mile course with chip timing and plenty of shade for a mid-afternoon race. The biggest issue was that participants in the fun run that followed the actual race blended in with the racers which led to a little bit of chaos from the start.
Overall: B: I’m all for helping the school system and doing it with a run is a bonus. I will be very interested to see what happens with this event next year after the school system splits once again.