The course is the best parts of one of the flattest 10K courses in the area - the Chattahoochee Challenge 10K which is held in February and and Possum Trot 10K in June where is a PR course for a lot of runners in the area. The course is a very flat course for the Atlanta area and runs along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, GA. While that course only really has one hill, the Water Drop Dash doesn't included that hill! While I tend to run better on hills for some dumb reason, I am excited to get to run a flat one after all the hills a few days before at Publix Georgia Half Marathon.
There were little to no hills at all - maybe some slight elevation changes, but not like HILLS. After starting you ran about two miles out and turned around at the "Shoot the 'Hooch" landing and headed back to the finish line. The weather was just about perfect as well. It was so perfect of a morning that I unintentionally almost PRed. I took to the start line with intentions of this being a training run and not pushing myself hard. It was a nice run where I just felt good. Well I crossed the finish line, looked at my Garmin and realized I was about 30 seconds off my PR and my second fastest 5K. Actually, up until a three weeks ago, this would have been a 30 second PR for me. Not too shabby, huh? What if I would have pushed?
After crossing the finish line, I met up with Atlanta Track Club friends, Courtney and Susie. I won't lie, Susie was my rabbit today and I gauged my pace on keeping her in sight, so thank you Susie!
Y'all! This was AMAZING! The Water Drop Dash is all about water conservation effort and the post race area was like home improvement playground! You name the water conservation gadget and they had it....FREE! We scored freebies like shower heads, hose nozzles, shower timers, toilet flappers, house plant watering tools and more.
There was a hiccup in the timing that resulted in them not being able get the race results for awards, but they did mail them out to winners. Hey, stuff happens and they came up with the best possible solution for that situation. People were bummed, but everyone seemed to understand the situation.