One of the local running groups I am a part of puts on a unique mid-week race every summer called HARRC After Dark. I have run this race the last two years and have really enjoyed running it. One reason why I like this race is that it is a unique distance, 7K. That equals out to being just over 4 miles. It is a distance that not many of us race, and can be a challenge to pace yourself. Who doesn’t love a challenge?!? 😉
This year, I opted not to run the race, but instead I helped out the day of. I helped with on-site registration and packet pick up. I enjoyed seeing all my friends as they came in and was able to wish them luck on their run. We held packet pick up at our local YMCA, which happens to be just across the street from where the race begins. After runners pick up their packet, they head over to the riverside to hang out and wait for the start. The HARRC board opted for a different approach to race swag and instead of the typical t-shirt, each runner got a HARRC hat! 🙂
I love my new hat! 🙂 We also gave the first 50 registrants HARRC T-shirts which look pretty snazzy too!
The weather for race day couldn’t have been better. It was warm but the humidity wasn’t too high and the sun had begun it’s slow decent, which helped with the temps. The race started right on time and everyone was off!! The race runs along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, which can be quite beautiful at sunset.
The beginning of the course is along Front Street and then it drops down right along the waterfront. I had fun watching everyone run past down below, cheering them on and taking their pictures. 🙂
As runners began finishing, I headed back over to the YMCA to help with the results. Boy, that is not an easy task when it’s not chip timed! lol It was definitely a learning experience for me, but as long as you have great company it’s fun! We then headed over to Federal Taphouse for our post run awards celebration. If you are ever in the Harrisburg area in August and looking for a unique run, I would definitely recommend checking out HARRC After Dark (www.harrc.org). 🙂