On Sunday, Aby & I ran the River City Rat Race 10K in Fort Wayne, IN.
They offer both a 10K and 5K. It’s a downtown Ft Wayne race that runs thru the streets, a few neighborhoods, local parks and hits some of the Rivergreenway trails. In fact, Runners World magazine noted this as “One of the most scenic 10Ks” ever ran by writer Hal Higdon. Impressive statement and I was looking forward to the race. Plus, this is the first race that Aby & I have ran together in years. Fun! Let’s get started!
The race started at 2pm on Main Street. Sunny & 70. Amazing October day!! Packet pick up was directly across from the start line. Easy, quick. In and out. There were a couple portable toilets outside but there were also bathrooms inside that were available to us. Win! Race started on time with the boom of a cannon. Away we went down Main Street headed for Columbia Avenue.
Route was crowded in spots. Corrals were well marked but as with most small races, runners just jump in anywhere. Aby & I had planned to stay together and run an easy pace. We had ran 9 miles at sub 10 min pace the day before but still wanted to come to experience the Rat Race, even though neither of us were conditioned to race it. We locked in between 9:10 & 9:20 and just stayed together and enjoyed the run. We were definitely playing it safe but Aby is coming off an injury and well, my back is pretty crabby and I have to stay pretty upright and in control to keep it from hurting when I run. Better safe than sorry, right?
Lakeside Park & the Rose Garden:
Before we knew it we were half way, passing thru the Old Fort and dropping the 5K runners. I really loved how they designed this route with us all running past the 5K finish. This worked out great for parents who wanted to run the 10K but knew their kids could only do the 5K distance. The kids went off the 5K finish & mom/dad went on for an additional 5K. Kinda cool. They also have one price for this race. $30 for both the 5K & 10K. If you choose to downgrade to the 5K due to injury, scheduling, etc., no need to do an official race change. The race officials were specific that you would be timed for the race you ran, and would not need to make an official “race change”. Nice touch. Made it easy for everyone.
Official Race Photos, anyone? Free. Posted to Facebook. Parking was free too, if you’re keeping track.
Off for the final 5K. It was heating up. I know 70 degrees isn’t hot and I wasn’t running hard but it was definitely warmer than I would have liked! I believe there were 3 or 4 water stations and I utilized each one.
Once we headed out of the Old Fort, they turned us onto the St Mary’s River Trail portion of the Rivergreenway. Very scenic. The entire run was scenic. I really enjoyed it.
Then up and out to head back downtown to tour some of the local businesses. Harrison, Berry & Columbia Streets. It was fun running thru this downtown section on a Sunday with everything quiet. I must say last time I was on Columbia Street, I was much younger and it was nighttime. Cool to see it in the light of the day. Calm & peaceful. This was definitely my favorite part. And it was shaded. Lots of room for running too. Bonus!!
On to Headwaters Park. Lawton Park. Then back to the Old Fort for the finish. Upon finishing, there was a big spread of food. Mini sub sandwiches, apples, bananas, granola bars, pretzels & fruit snacks to name a few items. Then awards on site.
I run a lot of marathons now. Not many shorter distance road races. But what I love about these small local races is seeing all the runners I know. Its awesome to see so many runners show up in the middle of a Sunday afternoon for no other reason than to run and socialize. Running is about so much more than the miles. Its about fun and fitness and camaraderie. This race embodies all of that. A great race for the whole family and I loved seeing so many families participate together. I’ll definitely go back for a repeat run.
Great race. Great organization. Great volunteers. Great highlight tour of Ft Wayne. I’d highly recommend this race to others. If you want to go fast though, start toward the front. If you don’t care about pace, then no need to stress about some of the tighter sections of the course. Definitely worth running.
Long Sleeve, performance tech, Brooks race shirt below. Unisex sizing. I love long sleeve tech shirts, hoping it fits okay.
** Run Fort Wayne ** Amanda – TooTallFritz