Race Name: Run Me Home 5K

Run Me Home 2013 5KRace Location: Leesburg, VA

Race Date: 4.27.13

Race Website: http://www.runmehome.com/

Results: http://prracing.racebx.com/files/results/4d9205ce-7a0c-46c1-8929-4f56c0a86522/5109864b-99b4-4ca8-9140-1841c0a86524/2013%20Run%20Me%20Home%20overall.htm

Parking: Plenty of parking located at Catoctin Elementary or Loudoun County Highschool

Photos: Free photos from a couple of different local photographers

Run Me Home

Eric and I decided race morning to sign up for this local 5K. My mother-in-law came over to watch my kids and bring them out on course to cheer us both on. Race morning the entry fee was $30. I wasn’t very excited about paying $60 for the both of us for a local 5K. I decided it was about being together and hanging out so I shouldn’t worry about the cost. We both ended up winning random prizes which more than made up for the entry fee.

The race website describes this 5K as flat and fast. It was neither in my opinion.

I hadn’t planned on racing so Thursday before the race I had done 90+ minutes of spin that had included a 60 minute class that really focused on climbing. My quads were toast come race morning – definitely a race for *fun* and not a race for time for me.

The first mile started out down hill and ran from Catoctin Elementary School in towards historic Leesburg. Before you entered the historic area you made a left on to the W & OD Trail. Race pictures on the website show historic Leesburg, you do not run where those pictures are taken.

The next mile was uphill for the entire mile. I had looked the map, but not close enough to realize that this was the 2nd mile or I would have passed on the race. The third mile was downhill for the majority of the 1st half with an uphill finish back towards the school. There were no course marshals {that I saw} at any of the turns though if you were behind others it was fairly easy to follow the person ahead of you {assuming they knew where they were going}. At the turn around point on the W & OD there was a volunteer standing there but no cones to indicate where exactly to turn around. I also don’t remember seeing any mile markers along course. I really don’t understand why these little details were not taken care of. I know that small local races are not as smoothly run as big races, but in my opinion if you are going to charge $30 for a 5K you should at the very least have course marshals and mile markers, as well as cones at the turn around. The timing was done by Potomac River Running and it was flawless. I can pretty much assume that what is on my Garmin is what my final time is on the race clock, when they are handling the timing.

Mile 1: 6:14

Mile 2: 7:05

Mile 3: 6:47

Mile .14: 6:26 avg

Average 6:42 – 21:00.18 {Garmin} – 20:57 Gun Time

Top two women got cash prizes, I was third. I was a tad bummed but couldn’t be upset with myself considering how my legs felt. Eric and I stuck around for the awards ceremony because I had placed 1st in my age group. We both ended up winning random prizes – he won $50 to a dog store {we gave this to my MIL for helping us out by watching our children} and I won an entry into another local 5K as well as a gift certificate for a massage.

The random prizes were CRAZY. More than I’ve seen at any other race and REALLY good ones that were worth $100+. How they chose the people who won was VERY shall we say – interesting. The announcer would ask a question and you would raise your hand with the answer and he would pick you. Not exactly the most fair way of deciding. Of course I was happy Eric and I both won something but in hindsight it was sort of ridiculous that we both won something when other families got nothing. You also could win even if you didn’t run the race?! The whole process was bizarre to me. They could have sold raffle tickets for $1 – $5 and raised even more money for their cause. I gladly would have paid money to try and win some of the awesome prizes.

The race proceeds went to a good cause but I couldn’t help but feel like they would be raising MORE money for their cause if the race was better run.

Run Me Home 2013

Eric and I had a great morning and it appeared that everyone else was having a great time too. Maybe I’ve turned in to a race snob, because I’ve run so many, but I just expected more from a race that cost $30. I have read two other blog race reviews and both ladies loved the race and had no complaints, so I guess it’s different for everyone.

Would I run the race again? Maybe. It’s local and the money goes to a good cause so I would consider it.

 

Did you run the Run Me Home 5K? What did you think?

What do you think is a reasonable price for a local 5K?

 

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Comments

  1. $30 for a 5K, especially late(r) registration, seems fine and pretty normal for where I live. But I agree that for that money, with any race, you expect certain things like a well-marked course with cones or volunteers directing and mile markers, as well as accurate timing (which it sounds like there was). That’s weird about the prize giveaways. When I’ve done races with good raffles, it’s been decided by your bib number or those little tickets that get passed out.
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  2. Where I live, races don’t cost very much. I paid $15 for my last two (early reg). One I couldn’t run during my back injury flare up was actually free as they’re still in early years and wanting to build interest. 400 runners turned out, which is HUGE for our small area. I thought that was pretty smart of them. (You could donate — and many did the normal 5K prices for races in our area.)
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  3. Jen Floyd says:

    The prize thing sounds really weird…so you didn’t even have to run to get prizes? They probably should have done age group prizes for men and women along with the top 3. $30 I think is a lot but it seems to be what a lot of races are which is why I have a hard time doing a lot of races. I think $20 is a more fair asking price! For the price I agree, the course should be well marked.
    I did a local 10k in March and the fee was $30 for early registration. It was a StPattys day race but I was a little disappointed with a few things. First there were no prizes for age group winners…actually the overall prizes were not good either! I think only a 1st and 2nd prize per gender. If I remember right they were not even good prizes and no medals. You got a shot glass as a medal if you picked it up from a local bar afterwards. Well for me personally I don’t drink and I had my kids with me so going to a local bar afterwards was not in our plans. I knew this was the case going into it but there are not a lot of races near me and I was really wanting to go for a 10k under 42 so I did it and got 41:43 so I was more than happy but still…..lame prizes!

  4. $30 is pretty typical around here – and seeing that you signed up day of, I think reasonable. I don’t think I’ve ever paid less than $25!

    • $30 for a race that is well run – no big deal. I paid almost $50 for a 5K the following weekend and didn’t mind spending the $ because they race was fantastic. I have been on the other side of races helping to organize and run them and not having course marshals at EVERY single turn is inexcusable in my eyes. Also there are some really great really cheap races in this area – I’ve paid $10 for a race with no premiums!

      • You’re right – course marshals seem like they should be a no-brainer! (and really – why do they need so many turns for a 5K?)

        • Maybe I’m just being a grump about it. I just see a race that has huge potential to raise a lot of money for a good cause and it just seems like they were very last minute with many things and didn’t put on the best race they could!

  5. I’m sure the race director would like to hear your thoughts on the race and maybe they could re-evaluate some of the way they do things… We have quite a few local 5k’s a year in my small city and the various race directors know me and that I race in many races throughout the state and in other places. They usually ask me what I thought of the race and ask for feedback so I give it to them! I usually wait a few days and then email them. I let them know what I thought went well but what they could do to improve for next year. Paying $30 is a bit much for a local 5K. Was their any early entry fee or group rate? Lots of our 5k’s offer a discounted group rate so I just sign up through one of the local gyms that has a group (even though I am not a gym member) and that helps. My oldest daughter is 8 and she likes to run some of the local races too so I am all about trying to save money when we can.
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    • Hi Tia – I’ve missed you in the comments :) So I thought about emailing him but then didn’t want to seem like a busy body. I wasn’t even going to write a race recap but then didn’t think it was honest of me to only review the races I loved and leave out the stuff I don’t enjoy. Maybe I should just email him….I think with feedback it could be a great race. My daughter is only 6 so for now we find the free races but I am already cringing at how much sports {running included} are going to cost. I know we choose to let them run but I just wish they could run for free with the premium for an additional charge. You know?!?! There was an early entry rate but I don’t know about group rates – I actually didn’t even know you could do that with gyms!! I’m going to have to ask at mine :) thanks for the idea!!

  6. NYC is AT LEAST $30 if you enter early! Connecticut (Where I’m from) is more the $20 range, but my local turkey trot (4.78 miles) is always $25-$35 with ZERO water! I guess it just depends on what you want to race for; fun, prizes, placing, etc.
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  7. Hah, maybe you are becoming a race snob. Expecting cones and course markers and directions and prizes that make sense and accurate photos on the website! What are you thinking!
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  8. I appreciate your honesty. It’s important to really critique races these days because they keep boosting the prices. It seems that because running has become such a hot ticket these days that people will charge absurd fees because they know people will pay. If a race is going to cost more than a quarter of a hundred bucks, you’re right, it should be better run!
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  9. 5Ks always seem to be overpriced in the NY area…frustrating!
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  10. Tammie Brenton says:

    My in laws live around the corner in Lovettsville and I totally think Ryan Hall and all of those guys are celebrities. Your job rocks! Great time on your race my pr is a 21:57

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