Tuesday, May 28, 2024

50th Annual University City Memorial Day Run

On Memorial Day I walked the 50th Annual University City Memorial Day Run.  This race offers a 5k, a 10k, and a fun run.  I usually do this race with a friend but ever since she upgraded her camper, she's out of town every Memorial Day now.  I knew that I wasn't trained enough to do the 10k, so I opted to walk the 5k.  Pre-race packet pick-up was available on Sunday afternoon or immediately before the race.  I always opt for their race day pick-up since I like to arrive and park very early anyway.  This year, the pick-up was inside the library and took less than 10 minutes.  I always park in the public lot northeast of Kingsland and Delmar and I always get a coffee at Starbucks to kill time until the 5k starts at 7:50 a.m.  It had stormed several times on Sunday, so the weather Monday morning couldn't have been more perfect!

Pre-race email communication was timely and provided all the details that I needed.  The course winds through gorgeous neighborhoods with well-manicured lawns. There were plenty of volunteers and police along the course to cheer us on and the post-race food was AMAZING!  Let's start with the fact that they offer Fitz's root beer from the keg and their wait line was longer than the beer line when I went through!  The Fitz's Delmar location is near the start/finish by the way, and totally worth a visit.  Also available were a couple different canned beers to choose from, Mr. Wizards frozen custard, bananas, granola bars, and water.  I always look forward to this race as it's a great way to kick off the summer.  Being in St. Louis, you never know what the weather will be like on Memorial Day but this year it was perfect.

Below are some picture I took that morning:

Post-race food tents

2024 race shirt and medal

Cicada status: I only heard cicadas on one brief stretch, but the course was otherwise cicada free.  This is absolutely crazy to me since I live just 8-ish miles from this race and the cicadas are HORRIBLE further into St. Louis County.

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