Last night I did the Tex Mex 5k. The race was held in Lansdale and it was 80+ degrees and humid. It’s a fairly sizable 5k getting 1,500 people to run.
I parked my car about a 5 minute walk away in a large parking lot which was nice. I stashed my keys under my tire and a woman of 50 years saw me do it. I thought that if she was going to steal my car, more power to her. I ran over to the starting area and got my bib while also getting a bracelet which entitled me to a free beer after the race. I ran back to the car and dropped off my t-shirt and ID and headed to meet up with CK4 and Nikkii. We met at near the starting line and Nathan was there too helping out with the race.
There weren’t many people in the front of the race so I was able to get a spot easily. There seemed to be a few decent runners but I wasn’t sure what to expect. The race went off exactly at 7pm and I was running with the 2nd pack of about 10 people. A few girls were with me and I figured that wouldn’t last.
We came through the first mile at 5:30 or so and I was feeling pretty good. A half mile uphill followed and then some downhill. The 2 mile time was messed up but I hadn’t felt like I slowed down much. After another longish uphill, someone in the crowd said it was all downhill from here. I wasn’t sure if that was true or not (turns out it was) and I started picking up some distance on the guys in front of me. A turn at the end led to the finish line and I had a mediocre kick. I finished at 17:28 which was good for 9th place. I was pretty pleased.
Nikkii broke 27 minutes which was good on a hot day, Lisa was 29:30, and CK4 managed a 32:45 performance which is a head shaker. We met up afterwards and ate the chicken/salsa mix, chips, and a delicious cookie. The beer by Prism was also quite good. They served it properly by having all the cups laid out and there was no line. We all ate the food together and lounged around the Tex Mex outside area where a band was playing.
I enjoyed the race and would do it again next year. The cost was 42 bucks which is on the high side but there were a lot of extras involved. All in all, money well spent.