I had picked up my packet on Friday night at Big River Running Company, but race day packet pick-up was also available. Parking was adjacent to the start/finish line and the porta-potties, which was very convenient, especially since this was a very family-friendly race. In addition to packet pick-up there was also free face painting, several vendors, and a photo area with props for pre and post-race photos. Throughout the morning, girl-power themed music played in the background.
|Personalized bib, t-shirt that literally sparkles, and the medal|
The course took us through various sections of Forest Park, which is a beautiful park that is worth a visit if you have never been. I had intended to take photos along the way but since it was misting, I decided to keep my phone dry. Although the roads within Forest Park were still open to traffic, the runners had their own reserved lane which was never too congested.
At the finish, runners received a medal, snacks, water, and they could get a print out of their results. The vendor booths were even busier post-race and the Lil' Princesses started lining up for the start of their race at 9:00 a.m. Again, many participants dressed up and wore pink. The Lil' Princess race was broken into age ranges to make it more fair and allow older princesses to run longer distances. At the finish line they received a tiara AND a medal.
|Lil' Princesses waiting for their race|
|One of the Lil' Princess age groups|
|Princesses crossing the finish line|
On a side note, it looks like the St. Louis area will be seeing more of the KC Running Company and it looks like I will be too. At packet pick-up, we received a flier for the Mustache Dash 5k. I thought this race was only occurring in Kansas City, but apparently it is coming to St. Louis this fall too. When I pulled the flier out of the envelope, my boyfriend immediately grabbed it from my hands. When he saw the date he looked it up to make sure that it was on a Saturday (he works Sundays), and then immediately expressed interest. Thanks KC Running Company for a memorable race, and I am looking forward to the next one!