We had a great time at the Campbell Valentine Fun Run this past Saturday, Feb 9th. We had about 25 moms show up to run, plus a few dads and kids. For some of the moms, this was their 1st race since joining our group. Here’s a pre-race picture of some of us with the Campbell Heart!
There were booths set up from Whole Foods and few other vendors (no, I didn’t get a picture, but I will next time!). Our moms really liked the “hometown” feel of the race – they had volunteers cheering on the runners, several water stops, friendly runners who cheered each other on. It was also small enough that it wasn’t overwhelming for those running a race for the 1st time, but large enough that it felt like a “real race”. There were also a variety of runners – young, old, various body types, families enjoying the race environment and those looking for a PR. The overall female winner of the 5K was 47 years old (see results here) and the overall female winner of the 10K was 49 years old (see results here)!!! How AWESOME is that?!? We had several moms run with strollers (singles and a double) – the paved path and volunteers directing the way made it easy to navigate the route. And a few of our moms PR’d on this route. YAY!!! One of our moms, Lorena, even won 3rd place in her age division for the 10K. Way to go, Lorena!!
There was a different out-n-back trail for the 5K versus the 10K. For those doing the 10K, there were several places where runners had to go single file (so not double stroller friendly at those points). There were also several bridges to cross or go under which could get confusing, but the volunteers did a great job of steering runners to the right route. The swag bag was full of yummy goodies, but the shirts could be updated to tech shirts with a women’s cut option (currently they are unisex cotton shirts). Cute design though!
Overall – we had a GREAT time at this race and would definitely do it again next year! The Campbell Valentine 10K/5K Fun Run is definitely a well run race, with great people running and volunteering/working the race. If you’re looking for a race with that home town feel (even if you’re not a Campbellian…Campbellite??) – check out this race for 2014!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!