Saturday, May 30th turned out to be a hot, humid morning with a hint of taunting breeze. Yet for most of the 85 5K participants, the heat wasn't on the forefront of their minds as the clock rolled to 8:59 am. With hearts pumping and sweat rolling at the mere thought of the 3.1 miles that lie ahead, participants began the race at 9:00 am.
The race course commenced at the emPower Training System's door, wound through Granite Run Park, rolled around the neighborhood, and ended back near the starting line. Race volunteers, including emPower trainers and clients, directed participants through various turns and a water station, cheering along the way. Most would agree that volunteering was nearly as fun as racing itself!
Matt Herring finished first with a time of 16:23, with Leah Maher coming in as the top female finisher at 19:08. While some participants managed to PR in the race, for others it was a special race for other reasons. For emPower client, Sandy Smoker, it was her very first 5K race! Here she is beaming as she approaches the finish line. She is already dreaming about her next race!
When asked for feedback about the race, everyone agreed that they appreciated how well-organized the race was and how helpful the volunteers were in directing the participants. The Rita's Italian ice was a hit, and the refreshments were enjoyed by all. Overall, this was a special day for individuals, families, and all ages alike!
One couple summed it up well: "It was a perfect 5K course. It was safe, not too flat, and there was a breeze just when we needed it! Very well organized!" When asked if they would run it again they exclaimed, "absolutely!"