Happy St. Patty’s weekend! Hope yours was good! I spent a portion of mine at the Cork Town 5k race on Sunday. You can read a bit more about the history of the race in my preview post here.
As I mentioned, this was my first time running Cork Town so I was super excited to see if it would live up to all of the hype. On Sunday morning Chris and I left our house at 8:30am which we hoped would give us plenty of time to get down to the race area and park before the 10am start time. Don’t you love races with late starts! Such a luxury!
We had already picked up our packets and we only live 30 minutes from Cork Town but we had heard that parking would be crazy due to the race and the parade. And they were right. Parking was indeed crazy. We didn’t start running into traffic until just before the exit to get into Cork Town. Once we made our way through that, our previous plan of where to park went out the window because it seemed that everyone else but us was already down there and parked. We did end up finding a pretty close spot on a street that I am pretty certain wasn’t meant for parking on but other people were doing it so…..we joined in.
One of the neat features of the Cork Town Race is that it starts and finishes just outside of Michigan Central Station which is an old abandoned train station.
Unfortunately, I am sure that these types of buildings are what those of you who live outside of the Metro Detroit area are accustomed to seeing as a depiction of Detroit. And while there are areas in Detroit that look like this there are many other areas that are vibrant and prospering. With that being said, I still thought it was neat to see the train station up close. Such history in that building!
Since the Cork Town race is so large there are several corrals to help ease the congestion. Chris and I were both in the green corral which crossed the start line quite a bit after the official race start. It was chip timed of course, so nothing for us to worry about as our time didn’t start until we crossed the start line.
The first mile or more of the race was very congested. It was hard to keep a steady pace and an added challenge was that a good portion of the street was brick paved so it was not a flat surface. I saw a several people take a tumble in the bricked area but luckily I did not. Phew!
Chris and I ended up separating during that race as we figured that we would but we both had our phones with us so that we could reconnect at the end of the race.
The race meandered down Michigan Avenue so our view along the race route was a lot of big buildings. I actually really enjoyed that and it was reminiscent of when I did the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago. Road races are not typically my race of choice but when I do road races, I prefer a city view like the one in Cork Town versus running through a typical residential neighborhood.
Another great thing about the race, of course, was the costumes! Pretty much everyone had on something costumey and something green which was highly entertaining to look at while running. I also enjoyed the energy of the other racers and the crowd!
I was enjoying the race so much that I almost didn’t want it to end but I found some solace in the awesome medal that I was handed when I crossed the finish line! Every year on social media, I would see people post their pics of their Cork Town medal and I would always feel a tinge of jealousy. But not this year! This year I have one of my own.
After collecting my medal I also rounded up some post race grub which was a great selection for a 5k, in my opinion. And guess who was the supplier of water for the race?!
My friends at Absopure, that’s who! As you may know, I recently partnered with Absopure and have written a few posts about them. Some of you may have wondered what motivated me to partner with Absopure and part of my interest was because of their involvement in local races. I love companies who are involved in the community and most especially those who are involved in the local running community. Not to mention they are a Michigan based company as well! (I should note that they did not pay for my entry into this race but they did hook me up with some water which I appreciate!)
Shortly after I got through the food area, Chris and I found each other and made our way back to the car. It took FOREVER to find our way out of the Cork Town area. So many streets were blocked off for the race and the parade and our GPS was not wanting to reroute us. We were not familiar enough with the area to navigate around it on our own but after many wrong turns and turning around a few times we eventually found our way out and back home.
Oddly enough before running Cork Town, I thought that this would be a one and done kind of race for me. I typically like my races to be smaller, trailier and muddier. But I have to say that I really enjoyed this race. It was very well-organized (very important for its size), the course was great, the medal and shirt were both top-notch and the post race fuel was more than you would expect for a 5k. I would definitely like to do this race again!
Anyone else run Cork Town? I want to hear about it!
Not from the area? How did you spend your weekend?