Yesterday morning in honor of May the 4th it was over to Halifax, Massachusetts for the Hop for HOPS 5K. This race was originally held as a fundraiser for Halifax Open Play Space, an organization whose mission was to raise funds for a playground in Halifax, and with the playground now built funds raised from this race now go to support the ongoing maintenance and care of the beautiful playground space.
With the race being held on May 4th there had to be at least some opportunity for some Star Wars theme to the run and with a few Star Wars songs at the starting line and Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker out on the course the organizers infused a bit of Star Wars into the run.
The course for the run was an out-and-back 5K and even though the race ran through residential side streets the roads were closed to traffic throughout the race. Several spectators came out to the end of their driveways along the course and cheered on runners and three water stops were available to runners.
The race started with a nice downhill start and then smoothed itself out for a stretch. However, that downhill start became a much more noticeable uphill stretch starting around the two mile marker as runners made their way back on the course. The final quarter mile of the race was a nice little uphill sprint into the finish line where fans cheered runners into the finishing chute.
I felt really strong on the course yesterday and even with an uphill finish kept the legs moving well throughout the run. Overall, I finished in 4th place in the run with a time of 22:44, good for 7:19/miles. One of my better 5K finishes in a bit and a nice way to start off a two race weekend! Now it is off to Canton for the Foley’s Backstreet Grille 5K; stay tuned for a race recap soon!