Race Recap: 2014 Anchorage Running Club Octoberfest Run for Beans 5k

September 27, 2014

I ran another 5k. Big surprise, right?

At the last minute this week (literally – we signed up an hour before online registration closed) my friend Rebecca and I decided to run the Anchorage Running Clubs Fall kick-off race: the Octoberfest Run for Beans, which is a 5k or 10k race downtown on the coastal train. One great thing about this race is that it helps raise funds and awareness for Bean’s Cafe, a shelter and a place that provides meals for those in need. It’s pretty cool.

We’ve been talking about trying to get more involved with the Anchorage Running Club events outside of Big Wild Life Runs, so this was my first effort.


It was a chilly morning – Winter is definitely on it’s way in Alaska. It was 36 degrees when we started the race, and 40 when I crossed the finish line.  But, as usual in Alaska, it was beautiful.IMG_9178

It was a nice, small race that was mainly community members. It was a really flat course along the coastal trail, so the whole race had views of the water. The mountains are starting to get snow in the background which means I will have to put on my snow tires soon (ahhh!)

Because it was a small race, it wasn’t crowded on the course, so I was able to get into a groove and found running partners throughout the event. I’m one of those who likes to chat with other runners while I’m on the course, and I found other people happy to engage in conversation.

Overall, I didn’t do bad! It was my first run since the Tri the Kenai a few weeks ago, and I felt much better during this run. I’m planning on doing some speed work on the track in the net few weeks so that I can hopefully PR at the Turkey Trot again this year.

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We ran into a lot of other people from the Big Wild Life Runs committee team, and our friend Anna even won the 10k!

Anna won the 10K

Anna won the 10K!

It was an excellent race, one I definitely want to run again next year!

Did you do anything cool this weekend?




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