July 10, 2011

Run to the Lake 5k

We participated in the annual Eden Medical Center's Run to the Lake race for the first time this year. There was a 5k and a 10k. We ran the 5k. The race benefited the medical center's trauma center. Entry fee was $25 for pre-registration and $30 for race day registration. It included a cotton t-shirt, chip timing and post race goodies. Bibs and timing chips were mailed out to those that pre-registered. There was also an option to buy a Poly-Dri Wicking race shirt for $25. Parking for the race was plentiful in a nearby lot along with some street parking. It took place on Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley. The start was in front of Eden Medical Center and the course ran up Lake Chabot Road towards Lake Chabot Park. The 5k and 10k runners started together at 8am. The first half of the course was uphill but there were no street turns which was nice. There was a water station on the 5k course. Just as we got to Lake Chabot Park itself the 10k runners split off to do part of their race in the park while the rest of us continued on the main street for a short while before turning around. After the turn around we headed back on the same street towards the finish. After the finish it was just a short walk to water, fruit and chocolate milk. There were several booths set up for goodies for the over 1,000 race participants as well as those wanting to participate in the free Health Expo. Race results were to be posted early in the morning but there was a glitch with the timing system so we ended up leaving before they were posted and before race awards. Since there was such a delay in reporting results the timing company decided to mail awards to those that couldn't wait. Overall the race was well organized with lots of post race goodies. It was in a nice location with easy access to parking. We would definitely do it again.