Sasha’s Super Hero Run 5k Race Recap


MAY 1, 2022 – 9:30 AM – HALF MOON TOWN PARK

It is rare that lately I run a new race.  What I mean is not an “inaugural” race but a “new” race for me.  My running friends actually have run this race in the past but the date was never convenient for me.

my friend Sherry last year

But this year, I decided to make it happen because of the charity:  UKRAINE.  I know the race organizer from FTC.  And I chatted with her at a recent expo.

It would be a fun run since I haven’t trained for speed and I can’t remember the last 5k I’ve run… perhaps last fall?!

Yup – over 6 months ago….

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

Not much preparation for a 5k… my usual 3 mile weekly runs plus a long run on the weekend in preparation for a half marathon in THREE weeks.

In fact, I took Friday morning off from work to run my 11 mile long run so I would be free to run this race (even though, my legs would not be in tip top shape.)

Since my weekly long run was done, I was free to join my running buddies for a leisurely walk and brunch.

the Y now has normal ore-COVID hours so I was to workout first thing

I spent the rest of the day trimming bushes and weeding.  It seemed way more tiring and I was more sore than after my long run.  Good thing this 5k was just for fun

Here is the description of the race:

Sasha’s Superhero Run is a 5K run/walk and a kids run was organized by the family and friends of a local boy, Sasha, who passed away unexpectedly as a baby on Christmas Eve in 2016. The superhero theme of the event was adopted to honor all parents whose babies and children passed before their time…

Since Sasha’s family is Ukrainian, our 2022 event will be raising funds for the children of Ukraine, affected by the horrific war waged on its territory. The race proceeds will be split between the Global Ronald McDonald House Charities and few smaller local charitable organizations, based in Western Ukraine, providing direct assistance to displaced children and their families.

It is obvious why I picked this race (over several choices the previous day.)

The weather forecast seemed to be prefect – a little chilly but not much wind and sunny.

It may have been too cold for a skirt but I took the chance

I ate pizza for dinner as I do for any race (even though it was only 3 miles, lol)

Race Day:

I also had my standard breakfast of oatmeal and coffee.  I guess I’m a creature of habit.

I looked outside and there was frost on my lawn. What?  It was in the 30s though it would surely warm up by race time.

I impulsively added a long-sleeved shirt under my shirt,  DIY arm sleeves, a beanie and I even brought gloves.

This year, the race once again took place in Halfmoon Town Park (just a few miles up the road from the original location in Mechanicville).

I had never been there and wasn’t sure about the parking situation so I left early.

No problem at all. Plenty of signs and volunteers directing things.

empty start line

empty finish line

I picked up my bib and race shirt.

I walked to my car and left the shirt and got some money for the raffles (so many great prizes).

obligatory pre-race pic

Soon more runners arrived and I knew many of them.

Race Course (according the web site):

The out-and-back course starts and finishes in Halfmoon Town Park and has a series of rolling hills, with elevation changes just under 150ft. The start is at the north end of the park near the playground and proceeds south to Route 236. The course crosses NY 236 and turns left onto Hayner Rd, proceeding left onto Lower Newtown Road, where the course reverses direction and proceeds back to the start.

according to my Garmin

Soon it was time to line up at the start. And it was much warmer than when I arrived.  I didn’t have time to go back to my car so I stashed my cape (it would be too annoying to run with it) and my arm sleeves in one of those mini library stands.

The RD announced that the race had raised over $30,000for Ukraine.  She is Ukrainian and it was very emotional as she spoke.

Credit: The Saratogian

Then they played the Ukrainian national anthem. Sniff. Sniff.

Mile 1: 

The race was gun timed so I could have stood closer to the front.  But I am uncomfortable doing that and it really only makes a few seconds difference in my finish time.

Credit: The Saratogian

There were about 250 in the race, many in costume and many walkers.  My legs definitely felt sluggish after lack of rest the past two days. But I tried to ignore it and just run.

It was only rolling hills at first.

But then…

Mile 2: 

The hills arrived and I thought I could run up them…

Nope, I resorted to walking.

I also stopped at the water stop as it was feeling warm due to all that sun (and being overdressed a bit).

Eventually we turned around and the course repeated itself.

But why didn’t I feel speedy on those downhills?

Mile 3 – 3.1: 

I was pooped…

I did my best but just didn’t have the mojo to go for it.

I walked several more times so at least I could sprint (and smile) going through the finish line.

I was pleased to see 28:XX on the clock.  I thought I was a lot slower.

Post Race Activities:

I retrieved my sleeves and cape.

I waited at the finish line cheering in my friends.

Then I grabbed some food – there was chocolate milk, snacks, bars fruit, etc.

I didn’t win any raffle prizes but my friend Judy did…

yes, that’s a $100 bill (but she donated it back)

Then I checked the results…

The prize was a certificate and a beautiful calendar with photos of Ukraine. No ceremony.

There were also two kids races scheduled next but we didn’t stick around.

Credit: The Gazette

This was such a great race for kids too.

It really is fun to race with your good friends.

Additional Race Reflections:

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this race. If I am around, I will probably run it again next year.

The past few years, I’ve mostly focused on half marathons.

Truthfully, I was a little nervous about how I would do in a 5k. Especially without doing any speedwork.

I have a ways to go if I want or can get back to 27 minute 5ks.  I need to either train to get faster or pace myself better so I don’t die during the last mile.

I am happy to be healthy, to be running regularly and interacting with others.

If my race times slow down, so be it.

Note to self: Do not wear a costume if you are serious about racing.  My h beanie kept flying off, my shirt was cotton so too hot. I didn’t wear my race belt so my phone & car key weighed down my skirt. Finally, those knee socks were not compression ones they kept falling down.  But it was fun dressing up!!

Positives:

  • Well organized race
  • Supported an important charity.
  • Well marked course with many course marshals
  • Great raffle prizes
  • Real restrooms
  • Lots of familiar faces.
  • Perfect weather
  • Immediate results
  • 5 year age groups for awards
  • Creative/meaningful awards

Negatives:

  • Too much walking
  • Hills (but few races are totally flat)
  • Gun Time
  • Shirts ran small.
  • Costume annoyances (my fault)
  • Lack of hill training (my fault)

Would I recommend this race?

Yes!!

There is really nothing negative to say about this race.

Final Stats:

same pace as last weekend’s 5 miler though 2 miles shorter, it was hiller

Splits:

ok… who walks 5 times in a 5k???

Next Up:

A race almost 6 miles up a mountain, then a sweaty 5k in Fla, followed by a local 3.5m team race and finally a half marathon.

May 22, 2022

Happy Running! Ever run a 5K race just because of the charity? Do you like to wear a costume when you race?  Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies and you should too.


with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 thoughts on “Sasha’s Super Hero Run 5k Race Recap

  1. Congratulations, Darlene!! Yay for finishing 1st in your age group! Love your outfit, too.

    I’m so happy that the charity is for Ukraine. Those organizers really put a lot of thought into the race (a Ukrainian calendar as a prize!).
    Kudos to them for raising USD 30’000 and to Judy for donating her USD 100!

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  2. What a great cause to run for! Very cool that they played the Ukrainian anthem- I would have been emotional too. And you won your AG, how fun!!!!! Sounds like “fun” was the key word for the whole day. I’ve never worn a costume for a race, because like you said I always think it will be annoying. But someday I will, just to have a good time. Btw I can see why your legs were tired going into this race! I hope you get a little rest this week.

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    • No rest for weary as they say.. If it is not raining and my foot doesn’t hurt, I try to run a few times a week. No long ones planned until my half on May 22 so I guess that’s resting.

      No competition for my AG award but still it was a great opportunity to give to an important charity.

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  3. I don’t mind costumes, but that cape may have been a deal-breaker, LOL. Your outfit looked great, even sans cape. Your finish time still was decent, despite having done your long run the day prior. What a great cause!

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  4. you look adorable! What a fun way to support a great cause. I love it! I think you are going to need a bigger shelf for all of your AG awards!! crushing it friend

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  5. As you know, I’m not a costume person. I definitely look at the charity when choosing races.

    I guess for my last race you had to be at the awards ceremony to get the award (and they didn’t answer my question about it after the fact). No big deal, I couldn’t stick around even if it had occurred to me I might have won an award.

    I’ve run in the area & it’s definitely hill, but pretty!

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    • Sometimes you need to laugh and get in the spirit. It was fun to dress up. And a nice country run.

      Very happy to donate to the cause even if I didn’t win any raffles.

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    • Yes I think its wonderful that so many contributed to this cause.

      I haven’t had much opportunity to dress up but I just happened to have the right stuff… it was fun to.

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  6. I ran my first 5K since December last weekend. And My time was 28:40!
    It does feel good to run in a race and hang out afterwards. I knew a lot of people at my race also and we haven’t seen each other in a long time.
    Let’s hope we stay on the current trajectory.

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