The next race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series was the Hero Run 5K. I have ran this race several times previously and really enjoy this race. While the race is on a great course and is very well organized, it is the cause that means the most to me. The proceeds from the race fund Run For Wounded Heroes, Inc. supporting local veterans.
I love that they do the 1-mile run first so all of the 5K runners can cheer. It was really awesome to get to cheer for them and watch the smiles on their faces as they accomplished their goals. Man, some of those kids were FLYING! The future of running is strong and these kids proved it.
The final mile has a bit of a long yet very gradual uphill before the final .2 mile of downhill to the finish line - I slowed down a bit in that last mile.
There were a few vendors set up and had some water and snacks while they did a raffle for some running shoes from Big Peach Running Company and awards. Since we had some errands to run and we on a time schedule, we didn't stick around too long after the awards.