PR at the Polar Bear 5k

Posted: January 29, 2013 in 5k, Races, Running
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Although the 5k distance isn’t my specialty, I decided to run one last weekend. I just wanted to do a race. The only day I was available was Sunday. It turned out the closest race was almost 2 hours away in Meridian Township, MI.

It was supposed to be a small event that is sponsored by Playmakers. The course consisted of a short, paved corse thru the woods, down 2 roads, then a short sprint to the finish.

The day of the race, I woke up with a sore throat, so I wasn’t really expecting a very fast time. I figured I’d run it in about 23 minutes.

I managed to run it in 20:28, which was way better than I hoped for. That ended up beating my PR by 3 seconds!

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Polar Bear 5k results

I won my division, and come in 6th overall out of 229 runners. This was the first time I have ever won my division in a race.

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Polar Bear 5k medal

Age group winners received great medals made by RunningAwards.com!

About the event:
Pros
-Race day registration was well organized.
-Very affordable. Only $25 on race day.
-Pre/post-race refreshments. Hot chocolate, coffee, bananas, granola bars.
-Nice medals to top 3 in division, plaques to overall male, female, and masters.

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Race map on Strava.com

Cons
-Not chip timed.
-Shirt was not available in my size. Only XXL shirts were remaining.
-Almost no crowd support.
-They played awful music the entire time.

Overall
I liked the event. It was small, but well organized. You don’t really expect much when the price is so low, but it was better than I thought it would be.

-Tim

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Comments
  1. lelomy says:

    Awesome! Way to go, Tim!

  2. ufancy says:

    That is awesome!

  3. shannonremski says:

    Congrats! That medal is super cute, too!

  4. Congratulations Tim AND very cool medal!!! 😀

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