My 43rd race was the Girls on the Go 10k at Lake Mead. The Girls on the Go series takes place in a couple of cities, and from the description on the website, I was expecting a finish line “festival” or small expo of sorts, and I had a few friends also doing the race, so I thought it sounded like a good time.
The start was not super early, so I almost felt like I was sleeping in, since I didn’t have to be to the lake until 7:45ish. I parked, caught up with my friends, and headed to the regisration area. I got an email the night before about bringing canned goods to donate, so I brought a few items with me, but the volunteers didn’t seem to know what I was talking about. I left them on the table, and eventually someone put them with a few other donated items.
Event shirts were cotton, which was fine, but they all said 13.1 on them, which I didn’t like, since I wasn’t doing that distance, and since the people who were doing the half marathon, received different shirts to begin with. I didn’t have time to take my shirt back to my car, so I sat it down beside the restroom, and someone must have picked it up, because it was gone when I finished the race.
I knew what to expect when it came to the course, a long uphill to the turn around, which was on the Historic Railroad Trail. The race website said the 10k would go through one of the tunnels, but that wasn’t the case. They had two aid stations set up before the turn around, but I really felt like there should have been water at the turn around. I carry my own, but I saw a lot of red faced women, who didn’t have their own hydration. I’m assuming the half marathoner’s had more aid stations past the 10k turn around.
I walked for the first half of the race, and after the turn around, I ran in spurts, and actually managed negative splits according to my gps watch. Once I saw the finish line, I saw my friends waiting for me, and I had a strong finish. I got my medal and hugs and pictures with my friends, and figured out that I had gotten a PR for 10k distance.
Some cold water or sports drink at the finish line would have been great, but all I saw was a few cases of water that were sitting in the sun. There were some people handing out what looked like oranges under the picnic area, so they might have had cold drinks there, but I didn’t see any. I got back to my car only to realize that my medal was chipped in a few places, which was disappointing, but I decided it wasn’t worth going back to the finish line to get a new one.
I signed up for this race early, so I didn’t pay a lot for it, maybe $40? otherwise I would have been a little bummed. As I mentioned, it was billed as having finish line festivities, but that was kind of a dud. The medals were nice, even though mine was chipped, and the course was a nice challenge. If this race returns to Las Vegas, and I could sign up early for a good price, I would probably do it again.