As originally posted at BibRave. See all of my race reviews at BibRave.com.
My kids have only done a couple of Epic Races, but they already know to expect a nice spread after each race! This race was no exception, with pumpkin pie accompanying more traditional post-race snacks. Personally, I loved the chicken broth—after a dramatic drop in temps from the previous day, plus snow while we were on the run, chicken broth never tasted so good!
What caught my eye about this race was the "Iron Turkey" option—running both the 5k + 10k. This worked out great as I ran the 5k with my family, had time to celebrate with them a bit, and then headed back out for the 10k. The race also offers a one-mile fun run after the start of the 10k, giving young families a great way to be involved (and stay busy!) during the race.
The venue for this race is great, it's at Hudson Mills Metro Park. The run is on a scenic, mostly paved path, and the very few "hills" are pretty gentle rollers. The start is held on a gravel trail, enabling the race to set up tents in a grassy field for food, pre-race warm-ups, massage, etc. The tents were a nice safe haven from the precip while we waited for 5k runners to finish and start the 10k. After a short stint on the gravel, the centerpiece of the race is on a nicely paved trail, with a short run up to the finish on gravel.
Another unique twist to this race is that the first place finishers (both male and female) take home a turkey for Thanksgiving! While I didn't take home a turkey, I did manage to snag a 3rd place finish in my age group (first time ever!), thanks to the great pacers who were part of the event.
Overall, the best part about this particular event turned out to be my sons "epic" finish—they sprinted to the finish line and finished with exactly the same time. :-) Looking forward to the rematch!