It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’m back! I thought I’d blog about one of my favorite 5k races. RumpShaker 5k was found in 2009 by family and friends in honor of Lisa Martz’s battle with colon cancer. RumpShaker, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote awareness and raise funds to fight colon cancer. Funds raised will go to the GI Labs of local hospitals in Birmingham, AL where colonoscopies and other colon screenings are performed. Additionally, funds will go to educate and raise awareness of colon cancer throughout the community.
I was super excited to run the race, especially considering the weather had been picture perfect all week. The day of the race it was cold and rainy. Blahhhhhhh!!! You would think that would put a damper on the race. NOT! Everyone was in high spirits and the energy was amazing!
I arrived at 7 am to take pictures with my run groups “Black People Run, Bike, and Swim” and “Black Girls Run”. Parking was well-organized, and I had to walk maybe a block to the start line from my parking site. There were three corrals total. There was a corral for the 24 minute and under finisher, 24-29 minute finisher, and 30 minute/walker finisher. Although no one monitored the corrals, everyone seemed to go to their assigned corral with no issues. The race started on time and people were not “bunched” up preventing a smooth takeoff. There was no gear check, but that wasn’t an issue for me. I did not see any port-a-potties, but then again I wasn’t looking for one.
Once my feet hit the timing chip sensors I took off. I had no clue how fast I was running, I just knew I wanted to finish strong. About a minute into the race there was a short hill that was pretty decent, short and sweet. The rest of the course was flat which allowed me to cruise until you get to about 2.95 miles. We looped the same hill back that we started with in the beginning of the race. Well, on the return I quickly realized the hill going back up was LOOOOONNNNNGGGG. I cursed under my breath but I was ready. It was a pretty long hill, but once you got to the top the finish line was near.
As I see the finish line, I look at the time on the clock and confusion sets. Once it registers I realize I’m about to PR!!! I took off in a mad dash and crossed the finish line super excited! Once I recovered and grabbed a bottle of water, I head to the Best Times booth to get my time. I nearly fainted at what I saw!!!
Not only did I PR, I shaved three minutes off of my best time AND I ran a pace I had never ran before! I was super excited to support such a worthy cause and PR while doing it! Medals were given to colon cancer survivors only. It warmed my heart to see survivors walking around with amazing medals. They are medals of courage in my opinion.
Post race refreshments were very plentiful. There were tons of bananas, oranges, doughnuts, water, and McDonalds had a setup for smoothies. How cool was that! There were plenty of vendors giving away information regarding colon cancer, and there were plenty of goodies they gave away like sunglasses, pens, bags, etc. All in all I give this race 5 stars. It was very well-organized, there were plenty of water/Gatorade stops in between, and several post race refreshments. More importantly, supporting the cause and fellowshipping with wonderful running family was priceless.