This past weekend, I participated in the 2nd annual LPGA Classic 5k affiliated with the Meijer LPGA Classic. I was provided with a free entry to run the race for offering to join a team of Michigan bloggers, but after running I would pay next year. It was a well organized and very fun event. (Sadly, or not since we aren't fast, we didn't have enough bloggers to be an official team, but it was still super fun.)
Before the race started, I met up with my friend, Megan, who was also participating and we snapped a picture with Tony the Tiger. Kellogg's is also a major sponsor and this was a fundraiser for their organization, Simply Give, which helps stock food pantries throughout the Midwest.
This race is very small (only about 500 people total) but was friendly towards any ability level. There were the uber fast runners - the winner went 15:01 which is unreal to me - all the way to walkers with their kids. Then there were the rest of us mortals :) Your entry into the race got you a nice t-shirt, a sling-bag, and if you so desired 2 tickets to the LPGA Classic.
The race is held at Rockford High School, and having been there many times for sporting events, I knew the surrounding area could be VERY hilly. Luckily, the course was great with a downhill first mile, only one hill in the 2nd mile, and a finish on the RHS track. I haven't pushed a run in a long time and it felt great to really work this one. Megan is super fast and finished several minutes before me and she snapped a picture of me on the track.
I finished in 31:02 - a 9:59 average pace!! I haven't done that in quite awhile, so I was very happy with my time. My splits were 9:30, 10:53 (I really need to work on hills and drinking without walking), 10:02, and then an 8:30 pace on the track. Who am I???
All of the mile markers featured Tony the Tiger so we had to snap a picture with a giant box of Frosted Flakes at the finish. After the race was a huge breakfast for all the runners. Many varieties of cereal, milk, juice, Pop Tarts, various granola bars, protein drinks and even some Gluten Free items were available.
Megan and I hung out with her hubby at the breakfast for awhile before we both took off to get cleaned up. I needed to rest up before attending the LPGA Classic final round on Sunday! More on that later this week.
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