Last night marked the final race of my 2013 campaign. I ran in the Starry 4K at Shelby Farms here in Memphis. The race took place in Starry Nights, an outdoor Christmas light display that occurs every year. The race was originally not on my race calendar but due to the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend cancellation, I decided to run in the event to ensure completion of my 2013 goal of running in a race each month of this year.
This race was bigger than I expected with over 1,700 participants. I knew a few people there, including the parents of a couple of Susan’s students and they are the ones that provided the pictures used in this post. The forecast was calling for 57 degrees at the race start, but it was actually 45, windy, and a constant drizzle. It was colder than expected, but some of the other runners were dressed like it was 6 below. There were people in three and four layers, and I was one of three people there in short sleeves. I am not sure who was the bigger idiot, me or the people dressed for a blizzard.
The race was only a 4K, but it was still a great way to cap off my year. The race cost was $20, which is what it would cost to drive through Starry Nights, so there was decent value there. Plus, looking at the lights as I raced by was a nice touch to the run. It was great to actually have a race held in Memphis in December since the previous two, the St. Jude Marathon and Ugly Sweater Run were both canceled due to inclement weather. I actually have a few seconds of a video of my run courtesy of Andrew, the husband of the lady in the photo above.
Course: A-: Great concept to run through the lights of Starry Nights in Shelby Farms. The path was mostly the road through the park with a slight diversion onto a running path to loop back to the visitor’s center. Shelby Farms, as described by the boyfriend of a friend, “is the only place in Memphis where race and crime don’t matter.” Proceeds for this race benefit the park, so that is great. The only way the course would have been better if it would have been a full 5K course.
Swag: C: Decent looking shirt that fits well and actually glows in the dark. Everything else was not great. A glow stick and some 2014 glasses were fun items I guess.
Overall: B: Fun, quick race that benefits Shelby Farms and was very family friendly. The vast majority of people running the event seemed to have a great time and the race ran smoothly.