Sunday, September 7, 2014

Onion Days 5K and 10k -Payson, UT- Labor Day Monday, September 1, 2014

An absolutely GORGEOUS day in Payson, Utah. It was about 50 degrees and NO humidity.  Read that AGAIN.  NO HUMIDITY.  Seriously, in Utah they don't have that.  Well once in a while they have a little, but NOTHING like Iowa.  The course was extremely Flat.  For anywhere in Utah that is amazing.  I think. Payson is a hilly town.  We were up in the mountains, but then this town just happened to have flat areas where the farmland was and the race director happened to pick the best course for the race.  Completely flat.  What is the luck, seriously?

Since I wasn't sure how my lungs would even handle the higher elevation, I decided to go with the 5k instead of the 10k.  I also decided on the 5k because I figured the fastest and best runners of Utah would probably pick the longer distance and if I wanted to place I should pick the shorter race.  Well I chose correctly.  See RESULTS here.

I ran faster than I have in a 5K in over 2 years.  It hurt, but it was cold and I felt good so I went for it.  I ended up not only placing, but achieving a time in the 27 minute range.  What a fun start to the day.

Great things about this race;
They had TONS of shirts for people that signed up the day of, so I received one.
They were super organized.
Massive amount of door prizes at the end of the race.  I was shocked how many things they gave away including watches, coolers, nice huge ladder, shirts, soccer balls, gift certificates and much much more.  Seriously there were so many prizes that I was surprised neither Jason or I won one.
Bib for your scrapbook.
Medals for those who placed in their age group up to 3 deep.
Cool overall prizes for those who place 1st-3rd overall
water on the course
amazing flat course
Chip timed and accurate.
Instant results printed out and handed to you when you get through the finishing chute.
Lots of sponsors and those sponsors were recognized on the back of the shirt.

  Here are some pictures:
Jason and I before the race with his cousin who lives there named Charlene Clark Brailsford.  I was excited to meet more of Jason's family.

After the race I was surprised and super happy to learn that I placed 2nd out of 16 women in my age group for the 5K.

Jason's cousin and his family.

Jason's and my race bibs.

Our results of the 5k.  As you can see they separated the Men from the Women's race.  I was trying to catch Jason the entire race.  I almost did.  He was 45 seconds ahead of me.

Front of shirt.

Back of shirt.

Garmin displaying my finishing time.

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