It's true, I enjoy the big races...with their official timing mats and fancy tech shirts (in gender-specific sizing, none the less). They usually have nice bling and draw a huge crowd, some even have bountiful post-race spreads of food and drink.
But, often times, those big events lack the small town charm the smaller races offer. One such (somewhat) small event that I have done numerous times is the Grimes Farm Run.
This event is a dandy one! I first ran it in 2013, then eagerly returned in 2014, and also in 2015. Running it (again) in 2016 was just a given. Had I not been nine days post-op from that unfortunate surgery last summer, I would have run it also in 2017.
|With my friend, Linda, and her daughter, Dani...and our bling from 2013|
A great feature about this event is there is something for everyone. There's a kids run, a 1.6-mile run/walk, a 5K run/walk, and an 8K (approx. 5 miles) run/walk. All events are held on the conservatory's property, which involves limited asphalt trails and lots of grassy, wooded trails through the brush.
|from 2016....I usually wear knee socks to ward off potential ticks from sneaking into my shoes|
|You might want to wear an old pair of shoes because they will get dirty|
|doesn't this look like a fun detour?|
|In 2015, it was a double-bling day...2nd in my age group, and 3rd overall female in the 8K|
For more information on the Grimes Farm Conservatory, you can check out the website HERE.
**I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run. We're chatting about favorite local races. Join the conversation!