May, 2012. Dallas. The full title of the race: The Michelob Ultra #13 Katy Trail 5K.
This one was a fun one, but not a good one to record good times. Lemme ‘splain. In Dallas, Katy Trail is a popular running and biking trail. It’s a great place to get your sweat on, but when 5000 people are there to race, it is pretty crowded. The trail itself isn’t that wide, so when you have a gaggle of folks out there, it was quite congested. And a LOT of them were novice or non-runners, so there were walkers, sometimes four across. I had to do a lot of swerving and dodging. It didn’t help that I got stuck in the middle of the pack at the start.
Other than that though, it was a blast. Lemme ‘splain. The Katy Trail is lovely, and there were lots of lovely people running this race. It’s a younger crowd for sure. And the post race party was right on. Free beer, free food, repeat. Tons of restaurants were handing out free grub, while the title sponsor was handing out free suds.
Score! We also found our way into the VIP tent which had craft beers and wines. No offense to Mick Ultra, but you ain’t got much flava. I many much prefer the crafty brews, which led to even more human on human climbing.
I might like to do this race again. Like I said, the post party was spot on. I forgot to mention it was on a school night, and took place in the early evening – a nice little shake up to the normal Saturday morning 5k’s.
Next time though, I’m going to force my way to the front of the starting corral…that way I’ll avoid most of the walkers and get to the post party post haste!