11th Annual Spring Lake 5K & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Want Hills? Got Hills? Running Preview for YOU!
Most Florida runners know that to run in Florida is to run on pretty flat ground. It’s hot and flat, and usually very fast. Well, usually it is anyway, but not this weekend. This weekend is the CHALLENGE! The Arc Nature Coast sponsors this fundraising run called the Spring Lake 5K. It is tough! If you don’t live out in the Brooksville area where this race takes place, then you haven’t seen hills in Florida.
It is not a course for the running weak who want to try out their first 5K. Last year, I wouldn’t even let the littles on my team participate because it is such a challenge. However, I know they can do it, so we will all be there this year, looking to get our course personal bests. Getting a “regular” PR is almost impossible, but hey, you never know.
The course itself winds through an off-road trail for about a half mile before you head out on to the road. It is important to be careful on the trail section of the race as it is very narrow. Slower runners/walkers should consider starting closer to the back in order for the trail portion to not get bogged down. After the trail, you are met with your first uphill soon after hitting the road. Runners take these hills in various ways. Some do not let it slow them down, others will walk up the hills and run down, but whatever your chosen path, if you want to finish this race you will go up and down the hills several times. Finishing definitely leaves you feeling accomplished. Some runners hate every minute of it, but are glad that they did it.
After the race, sponsors/vendors entertain the runners and their families while they wait for the final race results. There is a shaded pavilion and plenty of water to drink.
If you aren’t busy this Saturday, May 27, consider running the 11th Annual Spring Lake 5K!
It’s not too late to sign up–> https://localraces.com/springlake5k/spring-lake-5k-and-2-mile-fun-run-walk