The first race in 2017 we haven’t been sick for!
In its inaugural year, the Keep RLGH Independent Four Mile race in Dorothea Dix Park was put on by Runologie and Trophy Brewing. We knew it’d be both hot and hilly but figured that four miles is a doable distance even with those conditions. And it definitely was hot, humid and hilly!
We picked up our bibs and t-shirts on Sunday, July 2nd at Runologie. The t-shirts are the super soft Bella Canvas brand shirts in a heathered royal blue. I didn’t realize they were unisex; if I’d have known, I would have gone with an XS. Missed that detail during the registration. The small is comfy though!
Race mornings don’t feel that early anymore – since we had a baby. We’re usually up bright and early around 5:30 am. The race started at 8 am so we had plenty of time for Kodiak Powercake pancakes and coffee (for me) before leaving for the race. We picked up my parents at 7:20 and got to Trophy on Maywood (brewery) around 7:30. There were (not surprisingly) many cars already there. But we had no trouble finding parking on a side street and then walked to the race start (about 10 min walk) in Dorothea Dix Park.
There was music while everyone gathered by the start line. Dad and Mike used the bathrooms in a building nearby, following others’ leads – no lines! There were also portapotties up the hill a bit. There many strollers. So glad Mom watched William – pushing that stroller up the hills would have been a challenge. Kudos to those who pushed strollers on this challenging course!
We’ve run in Dix several other times but not this exact course. We started a little far back so it took about a mile to settle into a comfortable pace. Elevation gain over the course was 275 ft. The course started with an uphill followed by a quick downhill and then a big hill climb a little after mile 1. There wasn’t any crowd support because of the location but all the volunteers on the course were fantastic! Volunteers handed out full bottles of water at the water stop around the halfway point. I’m glad I brought my own water – I wouldn’t have been able to wait that long for some hydration. It’s an out and back course for the most part with a short loop at the turnaround.
The BEST part of this course was the awesome downhill finish. In addition, you could hear the finish line spectators cheering from a ways away! Really helped give me that extra push I definitely needed.
All the finish-line festivities took place at Trophy Brewing: Runologie’s airstream with t-shirts, etc, Pitch & Primer men’s store airstream, MATI energy drink (free!), Moon & Lola women’s accessories, food truck with breakfast tacos. The BEST part was the free Trophy beer. We could choose any beer from the draft list.
We hung around for the awards ceremony, and I was surprised to have gotten 3rd place in my age group! I received a $5 gift card to Runologie – nice! 7:18 avg pace with 29:04 overall time. We hope this race becomes an annual race and a new July 4th tradition for us!