This morning I arrived at the race early to pick up my bib and shirt and stretch.
As I mentioned earlier, I was originally excited about this race because of the course. The 5k course made a loop around the Oklahoma City Zoo, then exited the zoo and crossed the street to enter Remington Park. At Remington Park, we ran a loop around the horse track and finished our race at the end of the loop. The zoo is one of my favorite places and is a special place for me and my guy Cameron, because some of our best dates were there. We actually got a brick together a few years ago, and before the race I went to check it out again.
|Is this real life???|
The course was fun and there was always something to look at. We passed vultures (kind of intimidating when you look like you're dying and they look hungry), hyenas, deer, wild dogs, and cheetahs among others. A lot of the animals weren't out due to the heat, and I was pretty focused on keeping moving, but I'm sure we passed more than that. The hyenas were my favorite because they were just watching trying to figure out what we were up to. After passing through the zoo I crossed over into the horse track. On the way I passed my mom and waved hello.
|Am I there yet?|
|jumping for joy that I could finally go find some shade|
All the runners were given free admission to the zoo after the race, so Mom and I went for a couple of hours to take pictures and enjoy the day.
- The cause and personal touch - limbs for life was really involved and I truly felt like I was helping make a difference. There were also a bunch of amputees running, including one really cute 9 year old. It was really inspirational.
- The course - loved running through the zoo and on the track
- The weather- this really wasn't their fault, but more water stations and an earlier start time probably could've helped a little.
Overall I really loved this race and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun race, but not necessarily a PR. I feel very inspired to run after today and I will definitely be repeating this race in the future. Thanks Limbs for Life and DG Productions for making this such a wonderful race!