On a complete whim, several of us rallied to run the Chasing the Moon midnight 5K at Bur-Mil. It’s been on our radar for several weeks, but there was a lot of speculation if we could all stay awake and make the run. Then to our luck, a bonus run popped up on the Virtual 12athon Challenge‘s Facebook page and we could earn additional 4.15 points for this quarter. With those two events, it became a no-brainer. Thoughts of this week’s taper heading into Flying Pirate weekend quickly went out the window in favor of fun. I don’t regret the decision.
Chasing the Moon was such a small race, where there were no bibs to wear (we were handed index cards with numbers indicating our finishing place) and no official time clocks (they used a stopwatch). We even had to hand in our finishing cards, where a volunteer recorded our names alongside our race times. In a time where race fees are between $25-30 for 5K’s, the $15 entry fee was a treat!
The race was an out and back on the Greenway, leaving Bur Mil heading towards Owl’s Roost, turning and heading back north towards Strawberry Road, turning once more to head back to the finish by the Wildlife Center. There was a decent size crowd out there, 75 runners dressed in full nighttime gear, headlamps galore! Add in near perfect running weather, it was a wonderful event. There was a festive vibe along the route, even a small group of walkers were making spooky, cackling noises as runners passed.
Post race, Daniel and Nathan finished up their additional mileage for the challenge. I decided to wait until this morning and cheer on our fellow WHC runners as they crossed the finish line. Katie completed her bonus run this afternoon after her weekend festivities. Overall a great way to end/begin the day!