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Road Race Review: Community Animal Rescue Effort 5K and 10K

timthumbThe Community Animal Rescue Effort hosted their first 5K/10K on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Over 100 runners and walkers showed up in the rural town of Gordon, Texas, which lies about 70 miles west of Fort Worth on I-20.

Both the 5 and 10 K courses were out and back on a beautiful paved country road, which was closed to traffic during the race. The road curved through the shaded country side taking runners over old bridges and passed fields of bluebonnets and paintbrushes. For the 10K runners, there was one significant hill to conquer, both going and coming.

Race Day Event Services chip timed this race and, as usual, did a terrific job of quickly posting times and results.

My running buddy and I enjoyed this race. Overall, it was a great first effort, and there’s a good chance we’ll be back next year.

The things I liked about the race:

There was coffee before the start! More races should provide coffee.

Runners received nice items in their registration bag, and there were also booths with freebies.

The volunteers were helpful and friendly.

The course and scenery were great.

There was live music and a festive, small-town atmosphere.

There was plenty of water and fruit for the finishers.

Things that could be improved next year:

Fewer announcements at the starting line; runners are generally nervous and ready to run at this point.

Better restroom facilities.

Don’t give finisher medals to every participant, but do give better awards to age-group winners (medals rather than ribbons).

If you do advertise finisher medals, then give real finisher medals.

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