Last Thursday I participated in the Vermont Corporate Cup and State Agency Race. This is a 3-person team running/walking event open to businesses, government and non-profit organizations in Vermont. The proceeds from this race benefit the many programs and events of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
This was my 3rd year running with the company that I work for! I’m not the biggest fan of the 5k distance but I run this race for fun so I would never miss it! We got the hook up with parking right next to the start & a cook out for the post race celebration from one of our carriers. I’m thankful for this because the downtown area is SO crowded on this day that I have a feeling we would have had to park super far away without this perk!
The race is run through the streets of downtown Montpelier. It starts right in front of the State House (which had beautiful tulips all over!) To say the the course was congested is an understatement. There was a lot of bobbing and weaving going on to keep a consistent pace… and it smelled so bad of b.o. Last year the course seemed to open up a bit after the first mile but I didn’t feel like it did that this year. The walkers start about a minute after the runners, however, there were tons of ‘runners’ walking within the first minute of the race which increased the congestion.
My goal for this race was literally just to have fun. Once the gun went off, it took us a little bit before crossing the start line. I was planning on staying with one of my co-workers but ended up taking off on my own a little over half mile into the race. Somehow I always end up getting competitive with myself.
The entire race is lined with spectators which is a lot of fun. It’s always awesome to have crowd support- even if it’s a short distance. To hear people cheering you on is such a motivation boost.
I crossed the finish line in 30:06. I was pretty impressed with this time for myself only because the first mile was very slow and I thought I was definitely going to run over 30.
After the race, my coworkers and I joined our carrier and their employees for a post-race BBQ. There was burgers, hot dogs, chicken, salads, dessert, beer, and margaritas. It was nice to hang out with everyone after and share some laughs.
So thankful this girl came into my life.. my boss babe!
Overall, I had a lot of fun like I had planned and am already looking forward to the race next year!
What’s your favorite distance to race?