The Delaware Downhill 5k

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Sat 7th Dec 2019
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Wilmington, United States
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Rockford Park, Wilmington, DE 19806, USA
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Sat 7th Dec 2019
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Rockford Park, Wilmington, DE 19806, USA
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Did the race in 2018
I decided to do this run as part of training for PHUNT 50 k in January. I thought it will be nice to get a good fast 5k in to boost morale after some of the long slogs I had been on. What I did not expect was just how fast it would be. First mile went by 7:55 my PR prior to today was 9:08 so yeah its a fast course. There are advantages to being 220lb runner ;-) Finished with a 5 k pr 26:15 shaving 2+ minutes off my previous PR. Unfortunately I came down with the holiday cold going around and have not been out much since. The event itself. Parking was a bit of a challenge but that is often the case with larger events. The bus issue was a real problem, especially for those that got on the first bus and had to wait to start much later than scheduled. Unsure of what actually was the problem but it seemed like a bus got lost on the way back to the finish where everyone parked. Then the bus that was supposed to stay at the start to hold gear had to make its way back through the already closed roads to pick up the next load of runners. Except there were 2 bus loads of people waiting for 1 bus. There were people in sinlgets standing in the cold rain for almost an hour and half before we got started. Again they could have better prepared for that in keeping rain gear as there was communication that a bus would be able to take stuff back to the start. There was a lack of communication on what was happening that could have made the situation better. The line up was very rushed, no paced line up just hurry up and get to the start and go. Some folks were still walking over from the restrooms when we started. It was a fast course and champagne at the end always makes things better. There were lots of smiles and high fives once we all realized we had a fun run and made some new friends. I will most likely do this again next year as to give this event a second shot and its probably the only way I'm going to beat my current PR's.
Did the race in 2018
Busses to the start we unorganized and didnt know how to get to the start line. The bus issues delayed the races start time 45 minutes. Not great in the cool rain.
Did the race in 2018
The race was great. But there were a few problems with race coordination. There are buses shuttling people from the finish line to the start line. However the buses after doing one round of drop offs never came back to get the other people at the finish line so the race was started an hour late because the buses went back to where theyre from and it had to be called again to come pick up the rest of the racers.
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