Sunday morning brought me back to my third consecutive Tim Kennard start line. In typical March fashion it was cold and the early spring-like weather we have been teased with was no where to be found. While I usually do not mind the cold that much I had my hopes up for mid 50’s as that was the early forecast. Never again will I get excited about a 10-day forecast because Sunday morning was a far cry from the mid 50s, more like feel like temp of 9 degrees.
One perk of the Tim Kennard event is that the pre-race festivities all take place inside the Salisbury University Gym. This has been appreciated as it makes the bathroom process easy and keeps the runners warm before heading out for the start of the race. You can also pick up your bib the morning of the race which is nice if you cannot make it to the expo the previous day.
The race itself is in memory of Tim Kennard-who passed away in 2004. He requested that the race raise money for children and dogs and this year the money raised will go to local charities like: Coastal Hospice, Salisbury Horizons Enrichment Program, Coalition of Caring and VSCOA PAWS.
The expo was held Saturday at Evolution Craft Brewing Company located in Salisbury, Maryland. It is a really great place to eat so be sure to check it out if you have never been there. The expo had a set up from Run & Tri Rehoboth Beach which had a nice selection of running gear, an Eastern Shore Running Club booth, and then the packet pickup area. The process was quick and simple and knowing I already had my bib made race morning logistics even easier. The shirts this year were awesome. The female cut was a nice New Balance powdered blue color with thumb holes (a favorite feature of mine).
They also had a kids run at Evolution during packet pickup called “Robs Run for Kids”. Sadly the man that the race was in memory of was hit by a car while running so any donations raised at the kids race goes to his foundation. I was not able to make it to the kids run but from many that I heard from it had a great turnout!
The Tim Kennard River Run features a 10 mile run, 5k and a 2-person relay of the ten miler. This year there were 187 5k runners, 203 10-mile runners, and 7 relay teams for a total of 404 participants not including all the Athletes Serving Athletes runners and athletes. Seashore Striders did the timing and as always it was very well organized!
Before the race our Delmarva Moms Run This Town group met up for our annual picture! As you can see even though the sun is shining, we are all bundled up for the race!
The race itself started promptly at 9 and ran along the course that has been used in the past. Another reason why I love this race is that I never really know where I am in relation to the start. The course runs along Wicomico River and there are some very pretty views along the way.
Another highlight of the race is all the groups from the local University that come out and volunteer and cheer on the runners. The groups of college kids seem to know when the runners need it the most and cheer, high five and give lots of encouragement.
I did not stick to any plan throughout the race. I had a goal of finishing around 1:45 and I was able to squeak out a finish time of 1:41. For the most part my mile splits were some what steady. I did have some miles that I took walk breaks that lasted a little longer than others- but I was happy with my finish time and more importantly how I felt afterwards.
Hands down the highlight of the race for me was as I was coming across the finish line, the announcer said my name and added that he had never seen anyone so happy at the end of the race. I have always been a firm believer of “run and be happy” so this was just another testament to that mantra.
I did make a new playlist for this race as well. I added some news songs (I Got You, Something Just like This, Home, Chained to the Rhythm, It Ain’t Me, Bad Things, Don’t Wanna Know, Call on Me, and Play that Song) and of course had some of my go-to running songs.
As always this race did not disappoint and I already cannot wait for the 2018 event! It was great to run another race with so many of the members from both the Eastern Shore Running Company and the Delmarva Moms Run This Town group! I even had some students out there running which always makes me happy! The Ten Mile distance is always the perfect amount for me. It was also a great training for my first half of the year which is next week!