Saturday morning it was off to Plymouth for the Run for Conservation. Sponsored by The Wildlands Trust, the 5k course raises funds for the preservation of open space across Southeastern Massachusetts. The race takes place within the scenic grounds of the Myles Standish State Forest.
The 5k has both a sneaker category for racers and a barefoot runner category for those looking to mix things up a bit. The race is pretty equally divided between pavement and trail terrain and is a pretty challenging 5k with some good rolling hills mixed into the route. The trail running was pretty loose sand which can slow your pace down a bit but strategically placing runners in the woods for a race that raises funds to help protect the limited amounts of open space we have was a nice touch.
There was a great pre- and post-race set up with some local vendors and like minded organizations similar to The Wildlands Trust and there were a good amount of raffle prizes, post race fruit and water available for runners. The race had two water stops along the course which was perfect for a 5k.
Finished the Run for Conservation 5k with a time of 23:49 good for 7:39/miles.