Well, another fun 5K in the books. The Great Pumpkin Run, held at Savidge Farms by Sour Fish Events, proved to be another interesting race experience. And since we are such good parents, we enrolled our children to tag along as chaperones. The course was a winding adventure through corn fields, some woods, fields again, a pumpkin patch and wrapped up with a cattle chute finish through a narrow corn maze.
The good stuff:
The event itself was fun and family friendly. Make no mistake, we enjoyed the atmosphere and thought all-in-all the course was challenging and exciting. Our chaperones did okay considering this was their first “off-road” course. It my rookie mistake only training with them on smooth paved trails. The rocky fields and wild corn husk now and then of Savidge Farms, proved to be a little more tricky than dodging cyclists on our home training grounds. Despite having to stop to fix a shoe, walking in sections that were deeply rutted by farm equipment and my irritating words of encouragement, the kids maintained a 14 min pace.
If you read my previous post about 80/20 running, my slow runs are around 11:30-12 min pace, so this was a good test of remembering to slow down.
The course was fun, but certain sections bottle necked runners close together. (Small rant Warning) I’m all for loving thy neighbor, but there seemed to be a lot of people in a hurry to catch a PR and made for rude attitudes, yelling, and a few elbows in the way. Now, mind you, this race has your typical waves, so the more “advanced” runners should have put themselves in an earlier wave or at least started at the very front of the slower waves.
Just a side note: If you want to catch a PR, sign up for the first waves dedicated specifically for Running. Leave the Run/walk waves to those of us with kids that just want to have fun.
I realize I’m just complaining about circumstances out of the event organizer’s control, so take everything I’m saying in strides.
The race metals were pretty sweet, (see picture above) but I think the shirts lacked a little something. The screen printing on some of the shirts were damaged and I noticed a few people went to Facebook to complain about the quality of the tech shirts. Again, all minor details, we had fun and that’s what counts.
Family Finish Time: 44 mins 40 seconds