My partner ran the Harpoon 5 Miler today and this was the first time I got to watch a race as a spectator
It was such an awesome event I thought I’d do a re-cap anyway. First of all, this was the best pre and post-race festival of any race. There were plenty of port-a-johns, water even before the event, and Clif was a sponsor handing out Clif bars and energy gummies even before the race.
Although there was no “race expo” and no medal, this race had the best free swag I’d ever seen. As a racer, you got: a drawstring bag and cute (cotton) Harpoon shirt, Clif bar & chips, a cool bandanna, plastic pint glass, coupons (for New Balance!), a food ticket, and three beer tickets. Even the bandanna was cute: it says “Love Beer, Love Running, Harpoon.” At the festival booths, I snagged a few Clif bars, Clif shot gummies, a t-shirt from Scion, and a few little things like beer koozies and keychains. Right after the race started, I happened to be walking past the registration table as they were packing everything up and I asked if I could have a race shirt. Hey, all of the runners were already off and there were boxes of them left. To my delight, she said yes! It’s a New Balance shirt, so even though it’s cotton the quality is nice.
The race had 3700 runners, and you can only get in through a lottery which is why I wasn’t able to run this one. Let me tell you, if you are a slow beginner like me this crowd is a little scary. These people are fit and fast. Close to 80% ran sub-10:00 miles, and over half ran sub-9:00 miles. That makes me a little scared to enter next year. The crowd also really got into the fun of the costume contest. Here are a few of my favorites:
We ended up staying at the festival for a couple of hours because it was rocking. And because we couldn’t waste those free drink tickets.
OH, and during the festival I spent $10 on raffle tickets. As we left, I went to check the board and I WON a $50 restaurant gift certificate! Even though I didn’t run, I had a ridiculously lucky day and made out like a bandit. Maybe I should just stick to watching races?