Red River Run 10K Review

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
~PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

The race: This is a nice, flat 10K run through the city of Alexandria, Louisiana. It is one of the only 10K road races held in this area, and it’s a small race of about 200 participants.
Parking: There are nearby parking lots with FREE parking…so easy. This is our before picture in the parking lot:

Registration and cost: Registration is $25. Packet pickup begins on the Friday before the race. There is also race day packet pickup…my favorite.

Course: The route starts on 3rd Street in downtown Alexandria and makes its way through the streets of downtown and into the Historic Garden District through stately oaks and blooming azaleas. It is a loop course that finishes back downtown on Murray Street in front of City Hall. The route is USATF certified, flat and fast, with a combination of concrete and asphalt surfaces.

 Support: Everyone was very friendly. There were 2 water stops. Since the race is small, they only have a few people at each stop giving out water. I didn’t see anyone waiting though. It all seemed to flow. I carried my handheld and bypassed the water stations. This race doesn’t have much spectator support along the route. A few runners had supporters on the route cheering them on and a few random people happened to be outside.
Post race: This race is not focused on the post race party. It’s all about the run. The post-race activities take place outside in a small “city concrete park” type setting. The food included jambalaya and pasta. The drinks included beer, water, and Gatorade.

Hanging out after the race:

Awards: For such a small race, they give great cash prizes and more money is given away than many of the larger 10K races in Louisiana. They also include a Seniors Division that most races don’t have. In addition to the cash each winner received a canvas messenger bag.

Cash Awards:
Open Division
1st — $300 2nd — $200 3rd — $100
Masters Division (40 & Over)
1st — $100 2nd — $50
Grand Masters Division (50 & Over)
1st — $100 2nd — $50
Seniors Division (60 & Over)
1st — $100 2nd — $50
Race Record — $200

Age Group Awards
Age group awards were given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

* Each Age Group winner received a canvas messenger bag monogrammed with the race name.

These bags were so much nicer than the water bottles given last year.

Age groups are as follows: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Etc – The weather this year was cloudy. The wind picked up around the last mile, but the overall conditions and temperature were great for running.

Race recap will follow soon!

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One Response to Red River Run 10K Review

  1. So neat! Did you place in this race, too? So freaking awesome!

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