Race: Rylie’s Run 5K
Runner: Stacy H
Race Date: 05/12/2019
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Results: 28:37, 4th in age group, 37th overall, https://www.itsyourrace.com/Results/10783/2019/85655/7019
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- This race was in memory of a young girl that died in a freak accident. It supports a local cause called Rylie’s Ark (Acts of Random Kindness). I walked in this race last year. This was the second annual race. It is just so important to me to support this family and all the love that they have spread after the loss of their daughter. It was more than a race to me.
- It was local and family friendly. I was familiar with the course.
- I saw lots of friends along the way and the high 5’s and smiles never stopped. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
I liked everything about this race.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
This is the first time I ran in a race when the start was just the announcer saying “ok you can go” which a few people close to him said “oh we can start”, he said “yeah go”.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
It was the first race I’ve run in a long time and I felt like I paced myself really well. It was just so much fun.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Just keeping my pace under control until the turn around. I had energy left to push it on the last half of the race and overtake a few people who had passed me earlier on.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Might want to pace the hills better. They took a lot out of me.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Not much really. It’s a pretty easy course through downtown Castle Rock on a paved trail.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
It’s really pretty and very quiet.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
No it’s easy. A few big hills but otherwise it’s pretty flat.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
They did amazing. It was on Mother’s Day and they hand out flowers to all the ladies when they cross the finish line. Food trucks, vendors. A great family friendly environment.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
Not really. It’s just a way for people to get together and celebrate life.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
No just sign up and show up. Can register day of it you want.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Normal. One aid station at the half way point.
Weather and typical race conditions
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next guy?
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
How’s the Swag?
You can buy a t-shirt and hat if you want.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
5 stars. If you’re looking for a family friendly event on Mother’s Day this is a perfect way to spend your morning.