Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Get in Gear race got off to a great start this morning! This annual “Rite of Spring” sets the official start of the racing season. And what a great start it was! Even the weather worked on our behalf. We were expecting the possibility of a lingering cool rain from yesterday, but by the time the 5K began the sun was shining.
This Get in Gear event holds 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races, with a 2K race for kids held last night. This year there was something new: Brass Players from the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra. They led us in the national anthem and provided appropriate music (the “Lone Ranger” theme) at the start of the Half-Marathon/10K!
I ran a better 5K race than I expected. I’ve been running slowly all spring and didn’t expect to match my record from last year. As it turned out, I beat it by over one minute. I felt like I was working really hard to do so, but I felt great when I crossed the finish line.
After I finished, I helped myself to the provided snacks and then watched the 10K and Half-Marathon runners come in to finish. I was lucky enough to catch the first place male and female half-marathoners as they crossed the finish line!
This is always a great well-organized race, with lots of people (7,000 registered) and excitement. I was glad to be part of it on this beautiful Saturday morning!