Running of the Rams 5K Recap and PR

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Friday night I ran in the inaugural Running of the Rams 5K in Bartlett, TN.  The event was a fundraiser for the technology fee of Oak Elementary School in Bartlett.  Basically runners were helping the school buy computers for their students.  The race was for a good cause, and I am working on a 5K for a similar reason for my wife’s school, so I was building some good relations and karma at the same time.

The race had 672 early registrants and 466 finishers, which is a great turnout for a first time event on the Friday night of BBQ Fest.  The event as a whole cut costs wherever possible, opting for no chip timing and the free Road ID bibs rather than custom ones. The t-shirt design was very good and there were several local sponsors, so I am certain that the race netted the school the 40 computers that they were aiming for.

3rd Place Male 30-34 Medal!

3rd Place Male 30-34 Medal!

This race was a triumph for me since it is now my PR for a 5K race with an unofficial time of 27:07 and I actually placed third in my age group!  This is the first time that I have had my name called at an event, and even though I know that it is the product of being close to the front of the pack, not a large group of runners in my age group, and the lack of chip timing, I will still take it!  It felt good to have a PR after a spring of very slow running, and having my name called at an event is rewarding.

Course: B+: City streets starting and ending at the school.  The roads were still open to the traffic, so staying in the marked off lanes was imperative.  There were two hills on the course, and a decent amount of spectators.  The start line was a cluster, and the pre-race announcements were inaudible.

Running of the Rams shirt, bib, and award medal

Running of the Rams shirt, bib, and award medal

Swag: B-: I like the shirt, and the bonus of getting a medal for placing in my age group.  The food option after the race were great, and definitely had a huge appeal to the children running in the event (corn dogs and chicken nuggets).

Overall: B: This was a first time event, and prior to the start of the race, it felt like it.  There were no problems on the course, and everyone was very friendly. Getting official times for the awards ceremony seemed to be tedious, and took 30 minutes longer than advertised.  I imagine that the race organizers will consider this event a success, and will be at it again next spring.

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Race For Education Recap

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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.

Shelby County Schools need your help!

Shelby County Schools need your help!

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.

Race for Education Swag

Race for Education Swag

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.

 

Another Race Added to the Plan

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So Susan texted this morning to inform me that I have another race to add to my schedule, the SCS Race For Education.  The event is being held on November 3, 2013, at 3:00 pm here in Memphis, so that means I will have races on the first three days of November!  Now, this will not exactly be the Goofy or Dopey Challenges at Disney, but will still be outside of my norm.  So why I am running events on three consecutive days?  Well, I just could not say no to this newest race since it is a fundraiser for the local schools and they could use all the money that they can get.  Also, my wife is a teacher and basically left me little choice in the matter.

Shelby County Schools need your help!

Shelby County Schools need your help!

For anyone in the Memphis area, this would be a great event to participate in being that the money is being donated directly to the benefit of the children in the community.  When you register, simply chose the school that you would like to represent so that school can receive a donation from you registration.  If you have no particular school of interest, Rivercrest Elementary School would be an excellent choice!  Also, adding the teacher Susan Eaton to the form would be a welcomed decision as well!  This is an excellent fundraiser for the schools and one that I am happy to participate in.

I am not being paid for this post, but I do feel strongly about the cause and being that my wife works for the school system, I see first hand the need for every dollar that can be spared.