On Sunday morning I participated in the Molly Murphy Memoral 5k with my family. My sister’s coworker had organized the race with her family in memory of their cousin. The race was to help raise awareness of anxiety and depression in young adults.
It was held at a high school track (Dulaney High School), which isn’t too far outside of Baltimore, but it was about 45 minutes from my parents house where we had all stayed for the weekend. We were on the road at 6:30 am to get there in time to pick up our bibs and warm up a little before the race started.
There were about 200 participates, but no chip timing. Rob and I lined up pretty close to the front so that our times wouldn’t be affected by starting late.
The race began with 2 laps around the track. I forgot how nice it is to run on a REAL track! I ran behind Rob and he ended up pacing me for most of the race. After the 2 laps around the track we headed down to the street for an out and back course, before finishing with another 2 laps around the track. There were small hills along the streets but nothing terrible. It was also fun doing the out and back because we got to cheer for other runners along the way!
My sister caught a picture of me chasing behind Rob, and our dad is in front of her waving.
The weather was ideal for a July day- probably around 65 degrees at the start. By the end it was hot, but nowhere near as bad as it could be.
Official time was 21:40, 2 seconds off my PR but got me 1st place in my age group. Rob finished 5 seconds ahead of me and also got first in his age group!
I wasn’t trying to PR, so I was really happy with this time for not giving it 100% effort.
The rest of my family did awesome as well! It was nice that we finished the last 1/2 mile on the track because I was able to get lots of action shots!
After the awards we headed to a local diner to eat! It was definitely fun doing a smaller race with family and friends!
Have you ever done a race with a group of family and/or friends?
Anyone else race over the 4th of July weekend?