This year we decided to not torture ourselves and signed up for the 10K. This race has 4 distance options, (hence the name, go short, go long, go very long) you can run the 5K, 10K, 25K or the 50K.
The Course - 100% Flat! If you are looking for a PR, this is the race for you! It's not super interesting since it is an out-and-back on the Arkansas River, but for the 5K and 10K, it's perfect PR conditions. For the 25k and 50K runners, there is one hill on the west side of the course at Turkey Mountain. (50K runners have to do it twice)
The Medal - This is the first year that I've ran it that they gave out medals to 5K and 10K finishers. This year the 25K and 50K got a slightly bigger and different shaped medal which is exactly how it should be, being as they had to Go Very Long for their races. But the medals are a cute Dr. Seuss theme which is fun! (See Pic Below)
The Race Shirt - The race shirt is a long sleeve tech shirt and is also Dr. Seuss themed with the Dr. Seuss characters running on it. Loved the gray color this year instead of white. (See Pic Below)
The Parking Situation - Eh. Parking isn't the worst, it isn't the best. The race is on the River Parks trails in Tulsa so their isn't a giant parking lot right next to the starting line. Most race participants had to park in the neighborhoods nearby the starting line. So it's not too bad really.
The Food - The post-race food is awesome! The race starts and ends at Blue Rose Cafe and they always put on a big spread of fruit, juice, oatmeal, and beer for the 5K and 10K runners. For the 25K and 50K runners there get burgers and fries and of course, beer! (See Pic Below)
My Results - 1:01:28. New 10K PR! I finished 7th out of 27 in my age group and there were 229 total 10K finishers. Not sure of my place overall.
It wasn't until mile 5 that I even realized I could try for a PR. My running club said not to actually race this race and to use it as an endurance run. Yeah right! But I started out just running how I felt and looked down at mile 5 and realized if I just pushed myself a little I could possibly PR, so I gave it a whirl and took ~ 90 seconds off my previous PR time.
Overall - This race is great because it's not very expensive, it's local for me, I have several options on distances, the medals are unique, you get a full meal and a nice tech shirt for like $35. It's also a smaller race. The 5K and 10K were capped at 500 runners and the 25K and 50K were capped at 300 runners.
Oh! And the race even has a photographer taking pictures and the pictures are free if you are lucky enough to get your photo taken. I was lucky and the results are hilarious...er hideous! (See Pic Below)