The majority of the races in the Albany capital district that I run are quite small. As in fewer than 500 people. Despite always being at the back of the pack, I enjoy the small races and seeing the familiar faces that tend to run the same ones as me. The CDPHP Workforce Challenge is NOT a small race, in fact it is one of the largest races in the Albany area, this year there were 9,300 runners for the 3.5 mile run. For me, that is way too many runners for that distance, with no time to spread out. Since my running club was the other sponser, I decided to volunteer. I got off easy with being a course marshall, I set up the cones and hoped they were in the right place so that I wasn't at fault for an incorrect route and then was able to spend the rest of the afternoon looking for familiar faces among the crowds. I was able to spot 2 people in the mix, but the dozen or so others that I knew running were all a blur. It was a beautiful day, and I was glad I was able to watch so many people get out and move. I don't think I'll even plan to run this race, as it was jammed pack straight through the last few walkers.
|the calm before the storm|
|Nice clean water station pre-race|