Holy hills. Not blessed hills. Holy hills.
Today it was down to Providence, Rhode Island for the 3rd Annual Friar 5K sponsored by Providence College. Providence College is a beautiful, Catholic college right in the middle of Providence, Rhode Island and is an idyllic campus within an urban setting. The 3rd Annual Friar 5K was complete with the Providence College friar mascot, a sea of PC alumni and current students, faculty members competing for their department’s bragging rights and a great post-race reception held in front of the Slavin Center on campus.
Providence College is no stranger to producing amazing runners, including Kim Smith who most recently won the BAA Half-Marathon and pocketed a cool $100k for doing so. Given the tough set of hills surrounding the campus it is no surprise that the college is a good groomer of great runners!
The course for this 5K was indeed quite hilly. It seemed as though for a good majority of the race you were climbing hills except for one noticeable downhill just shy of the 2 mile mark. The course weaved throughout some of the streets surrounding the campus and both started and finished right on the college campus. It was unseasonably warm and muggy for a late October road race which certainly could be felt up on the uphills. There was good support on the course with two water stops along the way and plenty of water and Powerade at the finish line. After runners crossed the finish line and grabbed a drink, there was a nice post-race party on the lawn complete with a band, food, coffee, games for the kids and some local vendors.
I finished the 3rd Annual Friar 5K with a time of 24:08 good for 7:44/miles.