Race Recap: Redwood City Parade Run 5k

Last Tuesday, I saw on FB that one of my non-runner friends was running a 5k in nearby Redwood City on Independence Day. The Husband was doing his LONG training day that day so the Dude and I were free. My training plan (which I’ll talk about soon) called for 6 miles with 3 or 4 at tempo. I felt that a 5k stroller race would tick that box nicely enough. I checked his Dudeship’s opinion on the matter and he was keen for us to try and beat our stroller 5k PR, so I signed us up. At $35 it wasn’t too bank-rattling and was followed by a parade! Result.

I had no real expectations for this race. Our stroller PR is 26.41 but I didn’t think I was that fit at the moment. However Roundhay parkrun the other week came in at 26.43 on a hilly course so I thought that maybe on a flatter course, I might come close. We have borrowed a friend’s Bob stroller to take to Canada for the Ironman (early start, long day, late finish) so we decided to race with that.

Parking was limited so we got there early and parked very easily at the junction of Arguello and Whipple and walked the 10 blocks or so to the start/finish line. Registration was just round the corner, packet pick-up was easy and I got a great t-shirt! No t-shirt for the Dude as he wasn’t registered as a separate runner…but the very sweet volunteer guy winked and told me to pick one up for him, which the Dude and I both hugely appreciated.

Got our flag...ready to run
Got our flag…ready to run

As we waited to start (we self-seeded towards the front, wondering if we were in the right place) I got chatting to a dad pushing a double-stroller. My plan was to let him run ahead and let him carve a way through the crowd, but it turned out he’d done a few Ironman races and had qualified for Kona so maybe not. The gun went off (super loud) and we were running.

The course was decent…three loops around downtown. It was quite busy but I managed to get a decent pace going early on and not to weave around too much. It was flipping hot. I wondered if I’d gone out too fast but whatever, I just planned to hang on. I ran past my friend, running with her daughters, soon after the start – the cheeky monkeys had started before me – so it was lovely to yell for them. Three loops seem to take forever but soon enough, we’d completed them all and dashed for the finish. As I crossed, I saw the time said 25:xx but I also knew my new Garmin (more on that another day) hadn’t even beeped three miles! Alas I’d run 2.98 miles in 25.43. When I extrapolated that pace up to 5.1, it came in at 26.49 – 8 seconds off my stroller PR. I wasn’t disappointed at all…really happy with it!

I was even MORE happy when I checked my results on the super-fancy computers at the Results Desk and found I was 4th stroller overall. I’d seen already that the race organizers had been incredibly generous with their prize categories (you had awards three deep for both male and female single strollers and double strollers) so I wondered if I might just have snuck a prize. Indeed I had – second Female Single Stroller.The Dude was so excited you would have thought he’d run it himself. I was pretty chuffed too.

Anyone would have thought he was the one who did the running!
Anyone would have thought he was the one who did the running!

A quick note on the race itself – it was VERY well organized and supported. It’s only a local race but the turn-out was brilliant, about 1200 runners, and I really can’t speak highly enough of the organization. I’ve never been to a race that had stroller prizes (let alone split by gender and double/single) and I hugely appreciated that. The generosity with prizes and t-shirts kind of sums it up for me. I definitely want to do more of their races!

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Paulette says:

    I’ve wondered about this race but haven’t done it – I LOVE that you have a stroller PR and that you get stroller awards! That’s so cool and gets the kids involved too. Congrats on the 2nd place win!

    1. Cathryn says:

      You should def do it – there’s an Oktoberfest run in Oct (which I can’t do) but it’s organised by the same people so I reckon it’ll be great. Stroller awards are really rare, but it was very cool!!

  2. Whaou! Well done! And your little one looks so proud 🙂 That’s great! Congratulations to both of you 🙂

    (on another note: From where did you get the tank you are wearing? I was wondering when I saw it on Instagram. It looks great! I need more of those… :-))

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thank you, I love that top. It’s from Gap but alas Spring 13. I really like Gap vest tops!

      1. Good to know! I’ll check their collection. I have one from Reebok that I like and one from Lululemon but it’s too long (I don’t know if it’s me who has a short torso or if their tanks are long but I can’t buy Lululemon tops because of that).

  3. John says:

    Good to meet you at the start. I’m the dad pushing the double stroller. I saw your post on twitter while looking for pictures from the race/parade. I’m also fond of the single and double stroller divisions at this race as the kids have been excited to race for weeks. I’ve also been very happy with the race and race organization. There’s also an OktobeRun (in October) and both races benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation. Congratulations on your 2nd place and good luck to your husband at IMCanada.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Hey, how lovely to hear from you. You SHOT off at the start – did you win the double strollers? I was planning to do the Oktober run but realised I’m doing RnR SJ the next day so probably won’t do it. Gutted about it as I really enjoyed RWC. Thanks for the good wishes for the Husband…check back at the end of July and hopefully you can see how he did.

    2. Cathryn says:

      Also…did you measure the course short as well??

  4. Congrats! Awesome job! I have enough trouble pushing myself sometimes much less a stroller! 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Ha…thanks. It’s a good workout.

  5. Angela says:

    WOO-HOO!! Congratulations!! 🙂

  6. Nicola Johnson says:

    That’s impressive all round – well done Team R (running and getting extra t shirts) and the race organisation sounds amazing! Never seen anything like that here!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Me neither! We had a great morning.

  7. Bean says:

    Well done Team Awesome!!!!

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