I paid $10 for this and have worn it 3 times. As my friend Jane said, the Cost-per-Wear ratio has lowered considerably.
Our school had a big push for registrants in this race. If you are an Atlanta athlete, you most likely heard about the pair of brothers-in-law that were hit by a car in New Orleans when they were training for a triathlon. Andrew Powell was critically injured but is slowly, slowly, making progress. Frank Guinn, however, was killed. His triplet daughters attend our elementary school and his wife teaches at our high school. The race offered us a discount code and people were encouraged to take the money they saved and donate it to a special fund set up for the Guinn family.
In all honesty, if our school had not brought so many participants, I really have no idea how few people would have run this race. I brought my oldest son for his first timed 5K! Of course, being the apple that dropped from his mama's tree, he didn't want to train - he just wanted to show up and run. Since he runs around a soccer field for an hour 3 times a week and, well, he's 12, I figured he'd do alright.
He LOVES having his picture taken. Did I mention that he is 12?
It was fun to run a race where the majority of the participants are costumed. I don't get that much outside of Disney! What I loved even more? The amount of families I saw running together. My kid, of course, took off at the starting line with my blessing. Since this was his first time out, I wanted to see what that baby could do. And I knew he would kick my ass.
It was sweet, though, to see him waiting at the finish line for his old mom instead of off wandering around. I was only 6 minutes, behind, though, so he was probably just tired. ;0
I have been sucking with the running lately - like, not doing it. So I was pretty shocked when I rolled up as the clock was hitting 31 minutes. Shocked even more when I looked at the results and saw I was in 4th place in my age group! The beauty of a small race. Next year when I turn 45 I will NAIL it!
A brief controversy over the age-group awards. My friend (in my age group) had given her bib to our assistant principal. That woman placed 2nd in our age group. Wha? Had no idea she was even a runner. Wait - if she's not in our age group and she knocked me out of the top 3 Ima gonna punch my bib-giving friend. After a brief discussion with the principal and some texting back and forth with the AP, it was determined that she was legit in our age group and I needed to calm the hell down. (My competitive streak sometimes gets me a little wound.)
It was a fun day with plenty of friends. The weather was gorgeous and the course, while sporting some big hills, was overall enjoyable. Imagine my delight when, after the race, there were even character photo ops!!