yesterday i ran the midnight mission 10k in la canada, ca.
i picked up the race packet on saturday at fleet feet burbank (because i love any excuse to go there) (plus it gave me an excuse to have brunch with a friend in burbank). the race also offered an option to pick up the morning of the race, which i appreciated.
sunday morning i arrived at the race at 7:30 am. a very helpful volunteer told me it would be best to park across the street at la canada high school because it would be easier to get out after the race (and it was).
i ran this race with a subset from my running team. we immediately found each other and prepared for the race to start. good thing we did too, the race started about 10 minutes early (7:50 am instead of 8:00 am). after the national anthem played, the announcer said “we are starting in 30 seconds” and then the race just started.
while this race wasn’t considered a “trail race” (no huge gains/drops in elevation), it was mostly all on trails. this was nice because we didn’t have to worry about traffic or cars, but there were bikes, other runners/hikers and lots and lots of horse poop to avoid. the course was very well marked and well staffed with volunteers.
i am not sure what my official race time was, but according to my garmin and nike app (my garmin was low on battery so i used both just in case), i finished in around 62 minutes. as i ran to the finish, my teammates were cheering me on, it was wonderful.
the finish line festival for this race is my favorite to date (and that’s including rock n roll races, LA marathon, even ones with free beer). there was a farmer john’s truck giving out free hot dogs and a catering company giving out salads and wraps. the hot dog tasted amazing (even though it was 9 am).
i would definitely run this race again next year. it was benefiting a good cause, pretty well organized, and a good value for the price.