Each year, the town hosts the "Save the River 5K/10K Race". Since the start line was 1 block from my Grandma's house, I decided this would be the perfect chance to pay her a visit! For an added bonus, my parents were visiting at the same time so they followed me on their bikes and took lots of pictures!
The race began and ended at Frink Park along the river.
We lined up a few minutes before the 9:00 start time. The weather was a beautiful, sunny 70 degrees!
The 10K course was a double loop of the 5K course. It ran down the town's main street, past the Antique Boat Museum, through the town a little, and then - my favorite part - across the causeway here to tiny Washington Island and back. There was a beautiful breeze here, and just great views of the river! Plus they had water stations at the entrance and exit to the island.
Here the race is running down the street my Grandma lives on! It went past her house, as well as my aunt's house! The lady in the blue in the picture is my Grandma, who volunteered at the race. It was a family affair!
I'm currently chasing the under an hour 10K, and I came so close! It was still a PR - by about 40 seconds, so I'm happy! I ran under 10 minute miles for an hour!
This race was one of the best I've run - especially when you consider Clayton is a teeny tiny town. There were 503 runners (that's 1/4 of the town's population!). We got great swag (a Camelbak water bottle, high quality drawstring bag, and organic cotton tshirt) and the course was well marked and FLAT. The volunteers were so great, they had people at every single intersection and they had written encouraging words on the roads even!
If you're looking for a great race and weekend getaway - definitely check this one out in 2014! Clayton is in the process of building a beautiful resort hotel right next to the start line, too!