I decided to run the race to support the cause and Steven. My friend Katherine Stephenson also decided to run it after finding out it was on her wedding day. Katherine is a close friend and running a race on her wedding day fit her perfectly. Instead of running to win it I chose to run it with her and pace her. She's a very talented runner and wanted to break 19 minutes since she started training again.
I arrived at the race around 7:15am and registered. I met Katherine and we did a slow 1.5 miles warm-up together. I felt surprisingly well for the race and was ready to go fast. A good sized crowd showed up for the first year race. Most of the runners were the cross country teams of West Carteret and Croatan high schools. It was good to see them support their fellow high school runner. The weather was humid and we had bad thunderstorms the night before the race. It was still cloudy and we were going to have to battle a strong head wind coming back down Front Street to the finish.
We made the left turn and ran up to highway 70 and ended up in traffic with no volunteers or course markings. I screamed at Nick and the others ahead to turn around. Katherine and I made the decision to go down Gordon Street to get back on Front Street. Since we added on half a mile we also decided to turn around where my Garmin said was 1.55 miles and run back the same way we came. If we didn't we would end up running 3.6 miles or so instead of the 5K it was supposed to be. Nick stayed with Katherine and I as we ran the first mile in 5:58.
We kept running hard down Front Street until my garmin hit 1.55 miles then we turned around. Everyone else in the race behind us were also sent the wrong way so we told everyone to turn it where we did so it would still be 5K and not too long. Not everyone heard us but we were doing our best to let everyone know. Some people ended up running all the way to the real turn around and thus running 3.6-3.8 miles instead of a 5K.
It was disappointing we ran the wrong course but it was not Steven's fault. It was solely the fault of the fireman who sent us the wrong way. He's lucky no one was hurt or hit by a car when over 100 runners ended up running on highway 70 in traffic. The race had 102 runners finish the 5K and it still raised money for a good cause.