Last year Jeff and I signed up to run the Knott’s Coaster 10k. Unfortunately we both ended up sick and the thought of running 6 miles in the forecasted rain did not sound appealing. The race organizers offered a deferment to 2013 so that is exactly what we did! Fast forward 1 year later…
And Jeff was ready to run the 10k! I’m sort of bummed that I did not get ONE picture, but he did awesome! He PR’d and blew his prior 10k time out the water.
He finished with an overall pace of 9:34!!
He wasn’t the only one running today though.
Dustin and Brooky were both signed up for the kids race. At the last minute Brooky had costume made. She was the only one wearing one and it made it super easy to spot her in the crowd.
The kids ran through Camp Snoopy and we only had minutes to wait for them to finish. But minutes with this grumpy butt was minutes too long in her book.
Dustin had made his way to the front of the starting line and was one of the first few to finish. He was Mr. McSpeedy!
Brooky started towards the back and came out smiling with her costume in tact.
Danny and Jeff ran with her and made her stop long enough to take some pictures throughout the park.
In front of her favorite ride.
The race was put on by Renegade Race Series and I really do like their organization. But that being said, I don’t think we would re-run the adult portion of this race. The pre-packet pick up when smoothly but on the day of the event, parking was a nightmare (and it’s parking at the park…how cannot it not go smoothly?) The wave start was a nightmare. No one was checking and there were walkers in the very front waves. Nothing wrong with walkers, just start towards the back. They even ran out of medals because of bandit runners, but how hard is it to check for a bib before you hand out a medal. No bib = no medal. And those bandit runners that took a medal, poo on them. (Yep, they shamed that girl on facebook…yes, she deserved it for bragging about banditting on instagram.)
Multiple times I had asked if we could spectate the kids race and was told YES. I thought it was weird since it was inside the park and sure enough…there was no way we could spectate. All we saw of our two kiddo runners were the starting line and finish chute. And the finish chute was a MESS. Adults were climbing over the fencing and standing inside the chute. I get that they wanted to catch their kid finishing, but so did we! Instead I got a bunch of pics of the back of strangers. I also heard there was some issue with the parent bibs (some parents paid to run the 1k, get a tee and a medal) but I have my opinions on adults who want a tee and medal for running a kids race.
All in all, I really like Renegade and enjoyed running their Turkey Trot 2 years running. While we may not be back for the adult race, I do know that my niece thoroughly enjoyed her run and the pie that came after.