Race Recap: Game Day 5k 2017

I have done this race once before (last year), and it was a very cold race.  I like that its relatively close to me – only 30 minutes away.  I’m not a huge fan of the race company, as logistically, I’ve had many issues with them.  I thought I’d give it another try, as I really enjoy the race.

Packet Pickup and Expo

So despite the fact that they’d been advertising race day pickup for the weeks (and days) leading up to the race, they changed their mind and cancelled it.  So I had to go the day before and pick it up. Not a huge deal, but frustrating.  I emailed them about it and they said they had made that decision months ago, and it had been on their website….not true.

I learned my lesson last year with the shirts that were way too small, despite the fact that I ordered the same size I wear in all other races.  So this year, I ordered 2 sizes larger than I normally wear.  Its a bit big, but better big than can’t wear it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was a cold morning, though it was forecasted to be in the high 40s. I wore long pants, a tank top, long sleeved shirt and a hat. I wore a jacket for the drive, and brought some gloves, but I didn’t think I’d end up wearing those 2 items.

…..I ended up wearing them. It was so cold, words cannot describe.  I left my gloves in the car, starting walking toward the race, then turned right back around to get them because I knew it would be bad without them!


I went out there about 15 minutes before the start of the 10k (the 5k started 15 min after that). It was freezing, but I wanted to check out all the food that we’d be getting after the race 🙂 I plugged in my headphones and got in my corral after the 10kers were off.

Race Time

I had planned on primarily walking this race.  I have been very slowly trying to get back into a more conditioned shape, and there was no need to push it.  I jogged the first quarter mile or so, just to help shake out the crowd from the start.  I finished the first mile pretty quickly.  I was able to take off my gloves for a few minutes because I finally began to warm up.

The second mile was pretty non-eventful, although a bit slow.  The water stop was right before the 2nd mile marker, and that’s also where the 10kers joined in. The water stop was staffed with CNU student (I’m guessing the men’s track team) and they were having a blast and being goofy.

I’m not sure why they have the 10kers join in at this point.  Its difficult to have 10k runners mix in with 5k walkers.  I suppose logistically it makes sense and probably has to do with road closures and the course, but when you are in the midst of it, it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

The last mile was a bit slow – I was ready to be done, and less willing to push it! 🙂 I enjoyed seeing the 10kers though, I’m always encouraged by the diversity of the runners I see in all race distances.  I ran in the last quarter mile or so.  I finished at 48:26.


After Party

I was freezing at the finish.  I got my medal, my water and snacks, grabbed some BBQ, etc.  I decided against beer and against staying longer, because I was just too cold!

Have you ever misjudged the weather for a race? Do you prefer race day packet pickup?

5 thoughts on “Race Recap: Game Day 5k 2017

  1. I don’t know why a race wouldn’t allow day-of packet pick up. I can understand if it’s a large event such as a half marathon or marathon, or the Cooper River Bridge Run here. They need all hands on deck for race morning with their volunteers. But any 5K should allow it because many people spontaneously run a 5K and it’s locals, not people from out of town who will want to go to an expo and pick up their bib/shirt. I don’t like it when I’m in a race and have to rejoin the walkers either. I totally respect anyone in the race whether they are walking or running, but I don’t like dodging people. Yes, the walkers often take up the whole path but they may not realize the faster runners are coming until they do, and the walkers are there to support the charity and be social not set any records or win anything.

    Anyway… I’m glad you completed the race and it’s good to be active on super bowl Sunday when so many people use it as a day to party, eat, and drink! The medal is super cool too so congrats on earning it!

    • There couldn’t have been more than 800 runners total between the 5k and 10k. I hate that I had to drive 30 min away just to pick up a race packet, when it was so much easier to go a little early on race day. This might actually be a deterrent from me doing their races in the future. I’ve had packet pick up issues with them before, and the Christmastown race I did in December that had a corral issue at the start was this same company.

      I agree. As a frequent walker in a race, I feel bad for the runners who have to get mixed in with me. I know I don’t always hear them coming, and they have to weave in and out.

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