*****I don’t receive any compensation for my reviews BUT my wife works for Rite Aid so there could be some bias****
This race was an addition to the Rite Aid Driver’s Skill Challenge / Family Fun Day at the Perryman Distribution Center. There has been some talk about opening the 5k up to the general public. If it does, then you can consider this a preview.
Pre-Race: Registration was done online. Straight forward. Free for employees.
Race Day: I wasn’t participating in the 5k. Instead, I was going to enjoy the kids 1 Mile walk with my daughter. The registration was amazing. I received a kiss and hugs from the person at the registration table which is a first for me.
I didn’t see anyone else get that level of service but it did seem to go very smoothly. You got your T-shirt, your Bib and timing chip and you were on your way. I was surprised that they were using chip timing at such a small race. I can’t speak for other runners, but I appreciate chip timing whenever possible. I don’t like to be penalized because I start in the back of the pack.
The Race: I was a walker for a change and it was a lot of fun. Almost all the kids were dressed as minions from Despicable Me. The kids wore yellow, the girls had yellow tutus and they all had yellow visors with either one or two minion eyes on them. Adorable. Gru was there with a minion and evil minion to lead the procession.
The course was on local roads and parking lots. It was very very flat and open. Maybe not the most scenic 5K, but well suited to try and reach that personal record. The walk was an abridged version of the 5K and we were able to cheer on many of the runners as they made their way back. My wife’s buddy Bradley was the overall female winner.
Post Race: They had water and some fruit for the runners at the end of the race. Since this was an event primarily for Rite Aid employees and their families they had a cornucopia of things to see and do. For the record, my wife’s DC won the driver’s skill challenge for the very first time.
Goodies: Technical T-shirt and post-race festivities
*****Since my wife works for Rite Aid, I won’t give it any stars, but I had a great time..