|The crew, ready to run!|
I left my home and hit the trails, timing it to meet up with my buddies a few minutes before the race. I ran the race, very likely looking like a complete tool - I mean, who carries two water bottles with them in a 5K? ;-) And when the race was done, I ran home. Ended up with nearly 21 miles for the morning.
The journey to and fro involved several great wildlife sightings - a few deer, wood ducks, catbird, trumpeter swans, and northern flickers. I also saw large flocks of Myrtle warblers, and white-throated sparrows, which are true signs that the migration south is in full swing.
I didn't run the race very hard (27:25 finishing time), as I was trying to conserve energy for the return trip! A couple of my friends set 5K personal bests, so that was really cool, and I was excited for them.
It was a great morning. Attendance looked like it was up quite a bit from last year, so quite a few folks were out enjoying the park and the race. We had a good time running in support of the Three Rivers Park District.