Saturday shaped up to be perfect race conditions for my 3rd 10-miler of the year! I signed up for the race earlier this year- maybe even at the end of 2015 and have been looking forward to this race ever since. The Daffodil Dash 5k was in its 5th year, but this is the first year they added a 10 mile distance option. As you know I love the ten-mile distance and it is my favorite (you can read about my top 5 10 mile races here).
The race took place in Lewes, which is one of my favorite little towns in Delaware. The town offers lots of History, beautiful landscapes and a great variety of amazing restaurants!
The race started at Irish Eyes which is right on the canal in Lewes. There was plenty of parking in nearby lots and parking attendants to help point you in the right direction. The race started at 8:30, so we arrived around 7:50 to grab our packets and get ready for the race.
To be a small race (total of 500 runners), they did not skip on race swag. In our bags (very nice reusable one) we got the very cute purple, female cut shirt, a pen, and a coozie! All items I can never have enough of!
Before all the runners took off the race featured a kids run! The kids all headed down and ran towards us. They were so excited to cross the finish line! It is always exciting to see the joy of running and racing in the little ones! They bring such energy it is hard not to catch some of their competitive spirit!
Shortly after 8:30 the ten mile and 5k runners/walkers took off! I was excited to run this race to see a different course. Over the years I have run multiple races in Lewes but I knew this one would be slightly different then what I have run in the past.
We started out on a side road near Irish Eyes and ran towards the beach and the famous beach Dairy Queen. We continued on down towards the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal and took a turn right towards the canal bridge and the paved trail. The paved trail is an extension of the Junction and Breakwater trail that I have shared with you before.
After the nicely paved portion, we ran through a beautiful neighborhood and proceeded onto the Junction and Breakwater Trail. I love this trail! It is so pretty and has a few look-outs over the Wolfe Glade and Holland Glade. This trail was also part of the Shamrock Shuffle and the Rehoboth Beach Half marathon.
Once we ran the trail for about a mile and a half we hit the turn around and headed back in the same direction. The course seemed to go by quick since it was an out-and-back! On the way back through the neighborhood portion of the paved trail one of the race directors was taking pictures and snapped this one below!
The water stops were perfectly stationed along the course and they had plenty of people helping with traffic control as we crossed intersections. I took the race fairly easy and did a run/walk combo until the last 3 miles when I was just ready to be finished. I started to see people that I tried to pass and this helped me push through when all I really wanted to do was take a walk break. I ended up finishing in 1:44 which I was pretty happy with considering I took it easy for the majority of the race.
By far the best part of this race was the awesome after party! They had a GREAT spread of food (pizza, pretzel bites, subs from Capriotti’s, fruit and other things) and ready to go adult beverages. We hung around for a little bit and watched the awards and then went back home to enjoy the rest of the day. This will definitely be an annual race for me as I love ten milers, Lewes and the overall organization of the race! Be sure to check out www.races2run.com and register for this race next year and join me!