This is my 5th time running this race – I absolutely love it! I even request it off so that I can run it (or I would probably be stuck working it). I would have to say it’s my favorite 3W race.
I’m not quite sure what it is about this race that I love so much – there’s a lot of good things:
- The course is super fun (a hilly lollipop 4.8 miles = 7.77k), dirt and concrete
- Cute swag (green shirts with fun phrases like “Kiss me I ran 7.77k”)
- People always seem to be happy and in a good mood.
- Dance and costume contests!
- ALL YOU CAN EAT LUCKY CHARMS! (In case you couldn’t tell, I love Lucky Charms. In fact, I’m eating this year’s race leftovers for dessert right now.)
This year was no exception and I even got to run it with Ben! #thosethatruntogetherstay together (except that I left him behind when he started to walk due to knee pain #feelingguilty). We started off together and it wasn’t until about 5.77k that Ben had to walk.
I was feeling pretty good and asked him a few times if he wanted me to stay with him. He assured me I could keep pushing the pace I was going. Before I knew it there was another runner beside me, keeping my exact pace. He was super nice and kept pushing me to keep going. If I slowed, I’d see him look over his shoulder, silently saying “come on! Hang in there!”
With just a half mile left, Chewey I learned later, was audibly speaking, “Almost done! Keep going!” We sped around the corner and over the bridge into the finish. Everything hurt but I felt very accomplished. Chewey greeted me with a high five as we waited for Ben to finish just a few minutes later. It turns out, Chewey is trying run 54 races in a year while dealing with Type 1 diabetes! The Erin Go Braugh was his 24th race and he was such a sweet person and truly inspiring.
Once Ben came across the finish line, we got our Lucky Charms and hung out with our friends. I didn’t place in my age group this year (last year I was 1st) but I was 4th! For this course, I ran my second fastest time. Next year I want to beat my Erin Go Braugh PR!
If you’re ever in Colorado in March, I highly recommend running this race. Next year, it’s even going to be on St. Patricks Day!