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My First 10K Race

April 29, 2012 | Steven McElwee

I just finished my first 10K race! This was my goal for the year. I ran in the “Beat Beethoven” race in Reading, PA. This race was to benefit the Reading Symphony Orchestra and was hosted at Alvernia University. They offered both a 5K and a 10K run.

At the start of the race, the Junior Reading Symphony Orchestra started a 60 minute concert of Beethoven’s music. The goal was to complete the race before the concert ended. I am happy to say that I beat Beethoven, finishing in just over 57 minutes.

This was a fun race for a number of reasons. First, the gimmick with the orchestra was nice. It pushed me to work harder in my preparation to keep my time under one hour. 

Second, I ran with a friend, which made the miles go much quicker. It was also nice to sit after the race and talk about it.

Third, the course had mixed terrain. It started at the university, proceded to a track for one lap, progressed across roads, and even wound through some trails. The scenery was nice through several stretches, especially through Angelica Park.

Fourth, it was a small race. I did not get an official count, but it looked like there were less than 600 people between the 5K and the 10K. Although the start was a little congested, it was not long before it opened up.

The only drawback of this race is that most of it was on hills. Half uphill and half down. It added to the challenge of the race, but it was not overbearing.

If they offer this race again next year, I recommend it. It was a fun run and a nice introduction to 10K races.

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