Over 200 runners came out for the first running of this race at the Arboretum location. The weather was cool and cloudy – perfect conditions for a Sunday morning race. Participants in both races lined up together for a prompt 8:00 AM start. The course is mostly downhill for about the first mile traveling from the Education Center to the front gate before doubling back and turning onto the gravel-covered Bent Creek Road and returning to the Education Center by way of the Greenhouse. The 5k heads for the finish while the 15k repeats the loop and does a figure eight that includes Owl Ridge Trail and Hard Times Road.
I was shooting for a 1:23 time and managed to finish in 1:22:04, 37th overall and 3rd in my age group.