(Closed) 5k runners, please come in!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: 5k poll!
    Yes, have a water station on the trail, for dogs too. : (25 votes)
    19 %
    No, a water station is not necessary for a 5k : (9 votes)
    7 %
    This looks like a "fun run." : (25 votes)
    19 %
    This looks competitive; I'd want to see pro timers and my results posted in the paper : (0 votes)
    The three prizes you mentioned are fine. Maybe raffle off any other prizes. : (23 votes)
    17 %
    You should do age divisions and even 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. : (7 votes)
    5 %
    I would not bring my dog to a 5k event like this : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I would totally bring my dog to a 5k event like this : (25 votes)
    19 %
    Yay, puppies! : (19 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    1. I would put one water station at mile 1.5-2 if you can.

    2. It looks like a low-key fun run to me. The dog gives it away! 🙂

    3. Top male and female is fine, but top 3 is better if you can do a little something for 2nd and 3rd. 

    4. My dogs are old so they can’t run 3 miles, but I’m dying for a running dog who can run double digits with me!! I would definitely bring my dog to a doggie 5K if I had one that could run. 

    Are you going to have race bibs or just watch who finishes first? If you’re doing the latter, make sure someone is really watching because people get mad if they win something but don’t get credit! The clock is a good idea so people can at least see their times. Good luck!!

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @RunnerBride13:  +1

    Re: the water, I don’t take water during a 5K, but it has always been an option. I think it’s nice to have it for people that want it, especially if there is a bigger walking crowd!

    I agree with RunnerBride about the dog making it clear that it’s a fun run. I wouldn’t expect dogs to be so welcome on a serious/competitive race.

    Since you’re not doing professional chip timers, it would be pretty impossible to do age divisions for prizes, but it might be nice to have more than just the first place in each gender given an award.

    I ran in a Humane Society fundraiser 10K last fall – I did not bring my dog because he’s not used to being on a leash, but there were a decent amount of people there doing the 5K with their dogs! I have taken mine on training runs with me out in the country where I live – he doesn’t have a problem heading out for 3-4 miles..

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @sienna76:  If you have less than 100 people, you don’t need to worry about bibs. I was just thinking if it would be hard to determine the top 3 finishers or something, but that shouldn’t be an issue. Sounds good to me!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @sienna76:  Yeah that’s fine. I think the raffle idea is fine too, you certainly don’t need a timer or prizes, but runners will appreciate it. If you’re expecting more walkers or first-timers, they probably wouldn’t. 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @sienna76:  If you’re going to award winners by visually noting who crossed, I would think it would be nice to have bibs.. but if you think it will be easy without, then no need! 

    From my experience, people typically don’t enter races to cheat and win. 🙂 I think you’d be ok not having someone out there recording numbers, but maybe that would be a good spot for a water station? Then people will be less likely to turn around a couple steps early. 

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sienna76:  Hi– I run a 5k in about 22 minutes. I wouldn’t stop for water. With a dog, it might take 25-27 (or with my old dog, an hour– she wasn’t into this whole exercise thing). My thought is you need water at the end, not on the course. Most serious runners wouldn’t take it and the less serious runners wouldn’t need it.

    It looks like a fun run and you wouldn’t need chips or D tags or anything. It looks great!

    Your prizes sound awesome, but you don’t even need them. I never run for a prize.

    I have had 2 dogs and neither do running. They refuse. My FI is hoping to get a dog that wants to run and I know several that do 3 miles.

     

     

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sienna76:  That event sounds awesome– and you can print bibs. They don’t have to be fancy.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @sienna76:  I’m a runner and I often run with my 2 Siberian Huskies. Here’s my take:

    1. Since dogs will be on the course, I suggest having a water station near mile 2. If you have room and transportation, do it. People and dogs will appreciate it. If logistics prevent you from having water on the course, have it available at the finish line. 

    2. I love your poster! It looks like a fun, casual run. I would TOTALLY sign up if I were in the area. 

    3. If you can, I’d suggest having prizes for the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top human/canine finisher(s). See if any local running, sporting goods or pet stores would be willing to donate prizes.

    4. I run between 3 and 6 miles with my 2 dogs and I would LOVE to have an event like this near us. We keep up a solid 10 minute pace for longer runs and speed up to 9 minutes per mile for 4 miles and under. 

    5. Bibs are helpful in keeping track of runners and finishers. If you are getting them for free, use them; they will make life easier. 

    Good luck!! Please post updates and recaps if you can. I’d love to hear how it went. Smile

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