Last Saturday, I ran the Greenway Challenge 10k in Black Mountain, NC. It’s about a 30 minute drive from my house, and I had convinced Bari (and her husband) that it would be fun, since they would be staying at our house over the weekend. The race starts and ends at Pisgah Brewing. My brother and husband ran the 10k several years ago and I don’t recall them having complaints.
(It’s been snowing for years in Michigan. I think it was in the low 50s at the start? See the difference in the way we dress for races? To my defense, I did take the jacket off before I ran. And my shirt is short-sleeves.)
My only complaint was the lack of a shirt with registration (I paid $30 and I don’t drink beer.) I did, however, receive a pint glass, which my husband will enjoy – and I can use for soda. We arrived around 1, picked up our bib numbers and then had about 55 minutes to spare before the race. This allowed us to use the restrooms and wander around/stretch/etc. We had a good time wandering around.
Race started at 2 and we were told that around the 1 mile point, the 5k runners would keep to the left and the 10k would go to the right.
Bari and I stuck together for about the first two miles, at which point it was a downhill and I suddenly had the urge to pick people to pass. We separated shortly after the two mile mark. It was also at this point, that I saw who would be the winners of the race. They had already passed the lake and the turnaround point.
It was a pretty course. The weather couldn’t have been better. The hills were still challenging.
Around the five mile point, I saw some people ahead (who had gone straight) and knew they were my next targets to pass. And then I was told by a race official to turn. Apparently, there was a police officer at this turn, but he wasn’t telling people to turn, he was just making sure that cars weren’t in the way.
So I turned and I had nobody to try and catch, and few people behind me. It was a LOT confusing at this point, and really aggravating.
Just before the finish, you have to cross another major road, and I had to wait on cars before I could finish my last tenth of a mile. I remember the ladies apologizing about the cars – and seeing runners coming from the opposite direction. The ladies also had to ask me if I was running the 5k or 10k. It was really discouraging.
All in all, it was a fun race. I believe that about 75% of the 10k runners ran the wrong finish. There was a lot of talk about it. I think it was just a fluke this year, because I know my brother and husband ran the correct course years ago (I remember – and have photos – from the direction they came into the finish line.)
Pisgah Brewing had food trucks selling food. Mike grabbed something with alligator, and I’m fairly certain they had to wrestle the gator because it took that long to get the food. We had few complaints (the wait on the food, and the poor course directions), but it was a fun race and Bari and Mike were able to try several new-to-them beers.
Have you ever run a race where people were misdirected on the course? (This has not occurred to often for me.)
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