Trolley Run 2016

Oops! I had this written earlier in the week, but forgot to hit publish! Anyway, here’s my Trolley Run race recap, a few days late!

The Trolley Run was Sunday, and this was the second year I’ve run it!  Last year, Mom came down to KC and we made a fun weekend out of it.  This year, my race entry was paid for by my employer, so I was really excited to run this race again.

A little history of the Trolley Run (source):

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One of the most unique aspects of this race is the point to point racing.  I parked on the Plaza, and took a bus up the trolley trail to the Waldo area, and then ran the race down to the Plaza.  It was a gorgeous morning, and I got to the starting line about 45 minutes before the race was to start.

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I met up with several friends before the race started, and was sure to use the bathroom too.  I saw lots of KC Running Co friends, and then met up with my coworkers for a picture before the race started.

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Top: Tanya and me.  Bottom: Me, Mark, Jason, and Mark’s friend.

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Co-workers! Photo credit: Beth Masters.

The race started after a few announcements and the National Anthem.  There were many blind athletes running this race with guide runners.   I would love to learn how to do this, and I’m planning on looking into it for future races.  If I have any race photos (they should be posted soon), I’ll post them.

The race itself is a fast and flat course, which actually has a net negative elevation from start to finish.  There are a few gentle uphills, but overall the race is considered a downhill race.  Last year, I had a huge 4 mile PR, so for this race, I planned on going out just a tiny bit faster than the pace for last year’s PR, and to see how I felt after a mile, before deciding to push for a PR or back off for an easier run.  I ran 9 miles the day before the race, and my legs felt pretty decent, considering the effort on Saturday.

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The miles went by quickly, I got into a groove pretty easily, and was able to push the uphills and stride out a bit on the downhills.  There were lots of spectators, and the “bacon aid station” that I saw last year was there again, which is neat.  There was a water station at the half way mark, and a second water station around mile 3.25.

I ended up running extremely even splits, with the first and last mile times being exactly the same, and the middle two miles being exactly the same, 10 seconds per mile slower than the first and last miles.  I put out a hard effort, and felt like I had a little left in the tank, but not much.  I came in with a 23 second PR, which I was ecstatic with! The PR makes me confident that I can PR my 5k time this year as well.

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Let me just talk a minute about the after party! This is an awesome post-race party there was a band, lots of food, drink, massages, and giveaways.  The weather was so perfect, and the Plaza is such  pretty place to hang out with several thousand runners.  I met back up with several friends and coworkers, then ate some popcorn and drank some chocolate milk.

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I grabbed the printout of my time, and got my picture taken, then headed home.  The Trolley Run 4 Miler is definitely one of my favorite local races, and I plan to do it again next year, and the year after that…  I’m very thankful to my employer, who paid for my race entry, thank you! For anyone who wants a great race in KC, I highly recommend this one!

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Have you run the Trolley Run before?