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Tackling the Hills Quickly at the Potter Elementary School 5K

With Mrs. Running Griffin away on a girls weekend in Florida, yesterday I loaded up the SUV with the two kids and a babysitter and we made our way down to Dartmouth, Massachusetts for the Potter Elementary School 5K. Knowing that the race started and finished at an elementary school I made an educated guess that there would be some kids events there to help occupy the kids as I tackled the 5K course. Fortunately, my hypothesis paid off as there was a playground, soccer field, bounce house, DJ and donuts all available. What more could a kid ask for?

The race was a fundraiser for the Potter Elementary School PTO and was organized with efficiency and the professionalism one would expect from a much larger race. There was a nice crowd of runners and some walkers that made their way out onto the 5K course and the school camaraderie was good to see.

The starting line was directly in front of the Dartmouth Fire Station just down the road a few hundred yards and after a stunning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner underneath an American flag draped off of a fire truck and hanging over the road we made our way out onto the course.

The first stretch of the race was downhill and fast and just past the one mile mark and water stop the course then began to climb some. After making a right hand turn into a more residential side street, runners tackled a few more rolling hills before leveling off into the two mile mark and water stop. As runners past two miles, a left turn was made to head back onto the main road that offered the gracious downhill start which then meant for the last mile or so you were climbing back toward the finish line. As I made my way back into the finish, a nice crowd of supporters cheered runners into the finish line chute and the DJ rocked some good running anthems to keep the extra kick in your legs going.

Even with the rather hilly and challenging course present, I felt strong out on the race course and knew that I had a good race. I finished the race with a time of 22:34, good for 7:17/miles. Given the success of the race, the Potter Elementary School 5K is definitely a race I will look to head back to next year.

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