I have often discussed how I love racing on holidays. It’s just become part of the day’s traditions for me, and that’s why, after a late night of watching fireworks, on one of the hottest days of summer. I toed the start line of the Celebration 5K.
This race always ends up being pretty large. It features a wide range of paces and abilities, and people are always eager to run or walk with the full-size American flags that are offered.
Before the race began, the RD called one of the runners to the start line, where he handed the mic to her boyfriend. A beautiful proposal followed and there was tons of cheering to celebrate the newly engaged couple.
After the National Anthem, the race began.
This course is fairly simple: just a big rectangle around and through a quiet neighborhood. The first mile is a rather nondescript straightaway that never seems to end, but once you make the first turn, things pick up.
Since I was running with S, that first, mile-long length actually passed fairly quickly. In fact, we went out a lot harder than I intended, but since we were feeling ok, we just went with it. It’s always nice to have a buddy there for the miles.
Due to the blistering temperatures, two water stops were made available on the course. Additionally, some spectators were handing out freezer pops after mile 2. I don’t think I love anything more than freezer pops on a hot run: the little burst of sugar and coldness are just the thing to keep me moving.
Finally, we rounded the corner from the main road to the finish line and kicked it in to high gear to complete the 5K. Happy 4th of July to us!
The after-party boasted watermelon, electrolyte ice pops and cold beer.
There were contests for watermelon seed-spitting and watermelon eating, although I didn’t stick around for those. We had plans for later in the day and were excited to get on with our BBQs and celebrating.
What’s your favorite holiday run?
Have you ever participated in a watermelon seed spitting contest?