This last Saturday was the Kickoff to Kinnick 5K at the University of Iowa. The weather was great and the crowd was awesome!
With almost 2000 people running, there was a lot of energy though the crowd. It was really fun to see everyone in their Hawkeye gear ready for the run. The race started with the playing of the National Anthem, which is always a great way to start a run if you ask me. We had a lot of fun with this race. If there was anything I would change it would be the start. There were so many people walking and pushing strollers at the front of the race that it made the first mile really hard. There was lots of bouncing around and it took a lot of energy which made the last mile really tiring. Maybe next year if people could line up with walkers in the back and runners in the front it would help.
The course had a few elevation changes which made it a little more challenging that I was expecting. Running up and down hills while weaving around people kept things interesting. There was a band playing just after mile 1 and that was fun to keep up the energy. Running toward the stadium and onto the field was a great way to finish, especially with Herky on hand to give the finishers High Fives.
The tailgate party after the race was great. There were lots of tents where runners could get water, bananas, hot dogs, bagels, muffins, and frozen yogurt. What a way to end a race! The live music was fun too. It really made the environment fun and kept the excitement going. It was also really crowded and there were lots of lines to wait for things but it wasn't horrible. Maybe next year a little more organization would be good.
And next year we definitely need more representation from Iowa Medical Partners!! Thanks for running with us!
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