There was one good thing from this past Saturday’s Awesome 80s 10K. The cool cassette finisher’s medal.
I was really looking forward to this run… this being my first 10K and returning to Pasadena which is such a beautiful city.
The drive to the Rose Bowl was a short 3 minutes from my hotel. At 6:45am the crowds were already starting to gather. The 5K and 10K races both sold out a week before… and from the looks of the crowd I knew this would be huge.
I skipped packet pickup on Friday and decided to get everything Saturday morning. Everyone else had the same idea in mind. The lines were long and it took about 15 minutes to get through to the front.
The shirt… was cool… the shoe bag… super cool.
With about an hour to spare, my friend and I decided to walk around and check out all the neat costumes. We saw several rubic cubes, a ghostbuster, a handful of MJs and Madonnas, the Mario Brothers, Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage, and Doc from Back to the Future. It was awesome to see that everyone embraced the theme of the event!
It was about 95 degrees when the races finally started at 9am. Yes, hot and humid.
Anyway, I’ll leave all the negative comments off of my blog regarding the organization of the race. All I can say is that I hope they learn something from this first race and improve on their future races. I’m just glad that I had carried my own water bottle… there was only one aid station on the course that we passed twice as this was a 2-lap race. If you failed to grab some water on the first lap, you’d have to run another 2.5 miles till you reached the same aid station. Poorly located as a bunch of runners looked completely dehydrated.
And, they ran out of water at the end of the race.
Seriously, no water for the 10K finishers?
All in all, I had a fun time. I ran my 10K in 55:06 #157 out of 1073 runners, with my 5k splits at 26:41 and 28:24 - and my pace at 8:53/mile. I’ve been noticing lately that my pace times are getting faster. I was able to shed a good 20-30 seconds off my training pace. Woohoo!