June 10, 2013 by UtahMan&Wife
On Memorial Day, May 27th 2013 we had the opportunity to participate in the Run of Remembrance 10K in American Fork, Utah. We’ve been getting a little behind in our blog updating, so tonight we will actually be publishing two race recaps.
The Run of Remembrance 10K, 5K or 1 mile is an annual Memorial Day event that is free of charge to the community (donations are encouraged, which go to support injured troops). There was a minimal charge if you wanted a T-shirt. The 10K and 5K races started at the same time. There was a pretty big crowd signed up.
We LOVED the patriotic theme of the race!! We loved the fire trucks blaring their sirens as a race “warm-up”, and all of the flags lining the park for the starting and finish line. We loved the chance to remember our war heroes and those who choose to defend our freedom.
But, we were disappointed that the pre-race DJs didn’t share the same vision. They were blasting some sort of unrecognizable grunge and/or rock music instead of patriotic fare. It was very uninspiring. I hope they will rethink that for next year.
There were also a few things that could be improved on next time:
1. The late start time (the later it is, the hotter it is folks, and it was a scorcher by the end of this one)
2. The course was not well marked. At one point runners became completely confused as to where we were supposed to go and whether there was a split for the 5K and 10K groups yet. There were markings on the road, but later on there were much clearer markings. There should have been a volunteer standing there directing the way. As it was, it appeared many of the 5K-ers accidentally took an early turn based on an old race road marking.
2. The 10K course was uncomfortable. There was a big elevation gain during this run. At least the first 4 miles were all uphill. Granted, it wound through a very lovely neighborhood full of expensive homes we could lust after, but with the late start, hot sun blaring down, and the uphill battle, it was a challenging and ultimately, exhausting course. In truth, this was not the most enjoyable race experience. Eventually, we worked our way to the city cemetery which was by far the prettiest portion of the course. And, thanks to the giant shade trees, the coolest. There was a nice veterans memorial statue just as we exited the cemetery. It was something I would have liked to have stopped to look at, but at that point we were trying (in vain) to beat the 1 hour barrier. After the cemetery, the course was pretty much downhill from there, and we made our way back to the starting point.
Despite our best efforts, neither of us were even close to breaking the 1 hour barrier. In fact, I think it’s safe to say we got our “worst PR” of all time. We finished right around 1 hr 5 min. That wouldn’t necessarily be too shabby except according to Wife’s Runkeeper app (which she loves, btw), which accurately tracks every run via GPS, this race course measured only 5.8 miles. So, that means our pace was even more woeful.
We don’t want to sound too harsh with our criticism. This was a FREE event after all, and a fundraiser for a very good cause. But, since it is hosted by the 26.2 Running Company, and since they are planning to do this race every year, there is room for improvement. The race mentioned a Fireman’s Breakfast afterward. We assumed incorrectly that racers would get free admittance. However, it was a fund raiser for the station. Unfortunately, the line was extremely long by the time we worked our way over there, and it didn’t look especially worth the wait. So, we decided to enjoy an extra hearty breakfast at the local iHOP.
The best thing about running could arguably be how GOOD food tastes after a race!