The Electric Run – Race Review

17 Aug

Okay, so I’ve done the Rock and Roll races and I’ve done some runDisney races and I’ve done some local runs and I’ve done some big ones and I’ve even done some of the “theme” runs that are really popular these days (see my reviews here! https://outrunningthefork.com/2013/07/22/a-tale-of-two-color-runs/ )

Last weekend I did another new one – for me anyway! This time it was ELECTRIC!! Well, it was The Electric Run (which has NOTHING to do with the song from “FAME” but…any opportunity to throw in some music and I’m on top of it!!)

This time we took advantage of the pre-race packet pickup. There was some financial incentive to do this – you had to pay extra to pick up on event night. (Of course I negated the savings by picking up a new pair of running shoes at pickup!)

But on to the race!

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Talk about amazing! It was definitely a really great run! The course was the same old Rentschler Field 5k course (at least I think it was…it was dark!) Park of our packet was some ‘glow’ sunglasses and an LCD lit bracelet – we learned that this would flash with movement when it was turned on so spent a lot of time waving our hands around while waiting to start!

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Got into the starting chute early and got to watch the sunset. As soon as it was dark the first group set off. There wasn’t a lot of time between waves and it passed really quick. Before we knew it, we were off and running. And the running was actually surprisingly easy.

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But the DECORATIONS! It becomes obvious that they definitely spend a few days setting up because it was amazing!

Tunnels of colored balloon tubes (yeah, I don’t know what they’re called!), walls of changing light mosaics and the Forest! Oh my gosh – I hope to have a better camera to catch this next year. My phone pictures don’t do it justice at all!

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Eventually we got back to the stadium and actually ran through the concourse – which none of the other Rent races I’ve done has us do. That’s a nice flat even section that was also decorated with lights and umbrellas and…

Before I knew it the run was over…I mean, even before I expected it. I didn’t have my Garmin so I have to take the organizers’ word that it was 5K. Even without my watch I’m sure it was my fastest ever -it sure felt like it!! Maybe it was the running in the dark – but I didn’t have that experience with Expedition Everest so maybe it really was just my fast feet!

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Final words? I will DEFINITELY be doing this one again! The energy, the course, the entertainment. Oh, and did I mention that the #OMGFreeBenandJerrys Truck was at the finish? Oh yeah they were, with some nomtastic frozen Greek Yogurt! So, really, a perfect night!

Do this one – Don’t be put off by the high cost – it’s definitely worth it!!

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