Event: Kansas City Zoo Run
Location: KC, MO
Date: October 5, 2014
This was my first time running the KC Zoo Run and wasn’t really sure what to expect. Bowie ran the event with me, and he hasn’t been training at all lately. 4 miles would be his longest race so pacing was definitely up in the air.
We arrived to the zoo with plenty of time to spare. We waited inside the cafe building to stay warm as it felt a little chilly out. (Also nice to use an indoor restroom before a race!) We went outside and watched the otters and polar bears to kill some time before the race.
The race start was actually outside the zoo, so we walked a bit to get there. We lined up with some of our Team RWB friends and danced a bit. The KC Zoo Run has a wave start, but we would find out that people tended to line up wherever (isn’t that always the case?). We decided on a 10:00 pace for Bowie.
Once we were off, there was a lot of weaving as people were walking right from the start line. (We also learned from the faster folks that people were walking right away in their fast wave! Come on, people!!!) I noticed to late that my Garmin hadn’t started, so we were off by 3/4 of a mile, which was pretty annoying.
The course went just short of a mile before we entered the zoo. Once in the zoo, it was pretty difficult to pass as there were many very narrow paths (varying from pavement to gravel to dirt) and sharp corners. Therefore, we did our best to make it up on the downhills when we got stuck behind walkers or slower runners. Bowie wasn’t quite tall enough to see all the animals as we passed by, but he was very excited to see hippos and big cats out. His favorite animals are elephants, but he couldn’t see them as we ran by. He has requested that we go back with all his brothers for a longer visit.
Eventually, Bowie let me know that he had to use the restroom, so we ran over to the cafe building for him. This cost him about 5 minutes to run to the building, go potty, and get back to the course. Once back on track, we learned that we were a less than half a mile to the finish… but I had no idea how close we were since my Garmin didn’t start. And who knows if he could have waited that long anyway!
Bowie did much better than I would have guessed with the potty break… He came in 5th in his age group. Had we not stopped, he would have gotten at least 3rd. Bowie was happy with his penguin medal, as king penguins were the featured animal this year.
Definitely a fun race and we will be back next year for the Orangutan run!