I have been running for about a month now and figured it was time to run a normal race and see how my training was coming along. I was tired of the gimmick runs and I wanted to check out a new area of York County. And that is how I discovered the JDRF Dash for Diabetes in Hanover.
The JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a non-profit dedicated to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research.
Location: Hanover, PA
Timing: Timing Clock (non-chip)
Course: Road (The road was not closed, but not busy either)
Size: Small (less than 100)
Pre-Race: I registered on Active.com about a 2 weeks before the race. The race was only $20 with the option to buy a $5 T-shirt. In theory this was an excellent idea. I already have enough cotton running shirts and thought it was a great idea to make it optional. When I went to check out I was unable to uncheck the T-shirt block. Not sure where the disconnect was, but I like the idea. It could have been a problem with my browser, Active.com or how the race sponsor set it up. I have no idea where the fault lies so I will just give JDRF credit for trying.
Race Day: I showed up about 45 minutes before the race. I had no problem parking and I walked right up to the table and received my shirt/goodie bag and race number. It was a gloriously beautiful day to run. Sunny but not too hot or too cold. The one glitch in my plan was my Garmin which I had forgotten at home.
The Race: The course was a big circle around an industrial area. Although the streets weren’t closed to traffic it was never really an issue (at least for me). The few cars I saw gave me a wide berth. All of the turns had volunteers telling you which way to go. The course itself was pretty flat which has been a hard commodity to come by in Pennsylvania races.
It was liberating not having my watch. I didn’t know how far or fast I was going so I just went with the flow. I felt pretty good most of the race and I feel a kept a pretty steady pace. I was nowhere near first but I was also nowhere near last. I was surprised when I got passed by a Mennonite coming down the home stretch. I believe he was a Mennonite based on his running gear (overalls, and colored shirt) and phone. How passionate do you have to be to run in long pants and a collared shirt? I was sweating in my performance sweat wicking shorts and T-shirt. My hats off to him on crushing me down the final stretch. I was still more than pleased with my 24:51 finish time.
****Speaking of finishes, I would suggest to the organizers that they separate the finish line for walkers versus runners for everybody’s sake. I think it is safer for both groups and easier to keep track of who came in what place in what race.****
Post Race: I had a few minutes to get a bottled water, pretzel and banana before having to leave (we had company coming). They had awards planned as well as a raffle for a bunch of prizes. They had a results board but I couldn’t tell who was a walker or a runner. It is Wednesday and I haven’t seen any results posted.
–Update: They race organizer posted the results via Facebook. Thanks so much! To make things even better, I got second in my age category.
Goodies: You received the race shirt and a goodie bag with all sorts of coupons (I always like the Sweet Frogs coupons). I also received a white baby seal stuffed animal. It is a puzzling inclusion to the goodie bag, but one that my daughter appreciated.
Overall: Not bad for an inaugural race event. I would tweak a few things (the finish line, posting results) but overall they did a good job.