What You Need to Know
Cost: Depends on when you register.
• 5K: $30-$50
• 10K: $40-$60
• Kids Dash: $10 for 5K or 10K; free with an adult entry
Packet Pickup: Packet pickup was on Thursday at AnyTime Fitness; Friday at Fit2Run and Saturday morning on site from 6-7am.
SWAG: Courtney Graham with ShockT has designed the shirts each year. This year's jewel-tone blue with bright green imprint was the best one yet. The shirt is lightweight and short-sleeved. Ladies were v-necks; men and kids had round necklines.
Runners also received a coupon for a two week membership to AnyTime Fitness, and a free ice cream cone from McDonalds.
Race Day Parking: Parking was FREE and plentiful in the Ceridian parking lots.
The race began and ended on the Ceridian campus. The 10K runners did a loop around the buildings, then ran north on the Skyway Trail through Clam Bayou Nature Park. We passed an Indian Burial Mound, and inlet water where Manatees swim. I could see Saturday morning golfers at Twin Brooks Golf Course before we turned around. Lovely surroundings in Clam Bayou. There was a public restroom in the park, as well as a water aid station that we passed twice.
5K runners headed back to Ceridian after going through Clam Bayou, but the 10K runners headed south on the Skyway Trail (37th Street) to 54th Avenue South before returning to the Ceridian campus. Plenty of Police officers were stationed at all the intersections to direct traffic.
Pacers: Nope. There were runners and walkers for both races.
Aid Stations: Yes. There was a water station in Clam Bayou that 5K and 10K runners passed twice. There was another water station on 37th Street which 10K runners passed twice. So, essentially two water stops for the 5K, and four for the 10K.
Timing Chip: Yes. The chip was on the race bib for 5K and 10K runners. There was a digital display at the finish. Results were available Cool Running soon after the race.
Port-o-lets: There were 6 port-o-let near the starting line. The Ceridian restrooms adjacent to the courtyard were open for runners before and after the race.
Yes. I saw a photographer at the starting line, finish line, and midway through the 10K. The Skyway Marina District posted photos to Facebook on race day. The photographer photos will be posted to the May Day Races Facebook page when they're ready.
Prizes were given to winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups were in 10 year increments.
Post Race Food
After the race, there were burgers, chips, bananas, apples, granola bars and gummy snacks available from various vendors.
There was plenty of water on the course, at the finish line, and the post race area. The food has improved each year; but there's still room for improvement. (I don't think I'm the only one who doesn't want to eat a hard granola bar after a race.)
There was a bounce house for the kids, and music playing. Plenty of places to sit and relax after the run. The courtyard is a nice space that offers shade, too.
The weather was fantastic. This is the second year in a row with cool, breezy weather for this race. Love it!
The weather was perfect.
-> Sunny, but cool.
-> 51% humidity; gentle breezes
-> Temps were low 60s