Evening races aren’t always my thing. The biggest reason is I am a morning runner, 99.9% of my training runs occur in the AM. However, I found a fairly local race that I could use to gauge to see how my workouts have been doing and test out my top tend speed. The Oktobrewfest by A Change of Pace happened to fall on a perfect weekend for me, so I opted to sign up for the 5k. The race also offered a kids race and a 10k. This would be the first 5k I have raced in over a year (July 2012 at the Fab 40’s 5k). For those of you that know me, I fear the 5k. It is uncomfortable for me and plain out exhausting. There is little room for error and I feel like I want to throw up at the end of the 3.1 miles.
The 6:00PM combined 5k/10k start time allowed for day of packet pick-up at the Art Center Field at the Davis Community Park in Davis, CA. My wife, son and I hit the road around 4:00PM, with a little traffic crossing the Causeway, which connects Sacramento and Davis, we arrived just before 5:00PM. With the event being conducted at the Community Park, there were tons of parking options from street parking to local schools and other areas.
|an easy and painless packet pick-up|
After finding a spot we made our way to the start/finish area of the park, where packet pick-up took less than a couple of minutes. Early in the year packet pick-ups for A Change of Pace events seemed to be a bit unorganized, however the last few events I have attended have been much better without complaint. I got my bib, safety pins and t-shirt with plenty of time to hangout with my wife and son, and get a good 20 minute warm-up run in before race time.
As the 6:00PM start time started to approach runners began to gather at the start just 100 yards from the finish area. The start was located on Covell (one of the streets outside of the park), while the finish was located directly in the middle of the park.
The race officially started a couple of minutes after 6:00PM and boom we were off. The first mile included an out and back uphill which quickly separated a number of runners. After coming back over the hill, mile 2 was fairly flat hitting some local roads. During the second mile is where the 10k runners would continue out while the 5k runners were instructed to turn left. Here is where I was able to start to see who was in front of me in the race. I started to count runners who I could see and realized I was running in 4th place, or what I thought to be around 4th place. With 2 other runners right in front of me, I picked off the first putting me into 3rd place.
As we started to approach the third mile, we started moving into pedestrian only roads, where I made a move to pass the next runner, this went back and forth for a bit. He then took the lead as we started our final climb over a bridge into the park with about .2 miles remaining. This is where I decided to make my move as we made the final turn in the loop which lead to the finish. I was able to pick him off before heading into the shoot. While running in I saw my wife and son, who cheered me in. As I crossed the finish line, I heard the announcer confirm “in second place overall number 316, Christopher Malenab from Sacramento”.
This evening race finish was good enough for second overall, first in my age group, and for me the most important part of the race, running a new personal best with a time of 18:55. This was nearly 60 seconds faster than my previous personal best, when I ran a 19:50 at the Buzz Oates No Excuses 5k in May of 2012.
The finish also provided me with some pretty sweet swag and bling. Each runner for this event received a medal that doubled as a bottle opener, nothing better than a functional medal. I also received an age group winner medal, a Fleet Feet Davis hoodie, and water bottle.
The post race events also included free snow cones for runners as well as a free beverage from local brewery Sudwerks in the beer garden. This was a very enjoyable event with the live music also provided to keep people around and hang out on a Saturday evening. This is a race to consider if you are looking for a race that you can bring your family to.
|the beer garden|
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