Women’s Only 5k – Greensboro 2012

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My coworker, Amanda and I before the race started

Yesterday morning, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the 20th Women’s Only 5K in Greensboro. This event is held annually to raise money for a mammogram scholarship fund that allows women to receive these very important diagnostic screenings even if they cannot afford to pay for it themselves.

Since this was only my second race, I was completely blown away. There were over 3500 registered participants (3167 actually crossed the finish line) of all ages (from 7 and up). Some were elite athletes that ran the race in 19 minutes, others were like me and just starting out on their running journey but managing to jog most of the race, and some chose to walk the entire 3.1 mile course.

Pink was EVERYWHERE. Nearly ever participant wore some shade of pink as we took to the streets to raise money ($117,000!!) and awareness for a very devastating disease – breast cancer. This race was so different from the small Retro Run last weekend. There were people on the side of the roads at nearly every turn. They had cow bells they were ringing, they had posters cheering us on, and they had smiles to help us up the next big hill! The energy and excitement were contagious and I had an absolutely fantastic time! I can’t wait to run it again next year!

My clock time was 41:02. A little better than last weekend’s race. However, I think that my time would have been 39:ish if they had started my chip timer when I actually crossed the start line. With so many people it took us several minutes to get to the actual start line.

Here were my stats from the race:

Clock Time: 41:02

Place Overall: 927/3167

Place Age Division: 117/365

I am so proud of myself for completing another race. Now it’s time to start increasing the mileage to be prepared for the Half in February.

Did you participate in a race this weekend?

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