This year was the eighth year for the TakeOff 5k/10k Trooper Kenton Iwaniec Memorial Race. This race is to honor Trooper Kenton Iwaniec, who passed away in a car accident when he was hit by a drunk driver. You can read more at http://www.trooperiwaniec.org. The race was held at Saint Vincent college, where the Pittsburgh Steelers train.
I went to this race to volunteer with my wife and members of Run Greensburg. My job volunteering was to direct racers to the proper check in areas. The registration and packet pick-up were very organized and cleared out a good bit before the start of the race, so I went and signed up for the 10k. I only had the pair of pants that I wore there, (I didn't plan on running), but hey, why not?
So I rolled them up and walked out to the start line. Before the start of the 5k and 10k they had the kids 1/2 mile run and a 100 meter dash for kids 6 and under .
My daughter and her best friend ran the 1/2 mile (rather quickly, and they are just 6 and 7)
Right after the kids ran they sent us on our way. The 10k and 5k both started at the same time. The 10k was 2 loops of the 5k course. The race started off mostly down hill, then on the back side there was several good up hills. According to my Garmin the elevation gain was around 400 feet. The course was laid out very nicely and there were plenty of water stations. After finishing the first lap the 5k racers turned right and crossed the finish and the 10k runners turned left for our second lap. The second lap was the exact same course. So back around and then through the finish.
This was my fastest time for a 10k, although it was my first official 10k. All other times were from training runs or part of a longer run.
After crossing the finish line there was tons of food and drinks for the racers back inside.
For me this was a perfect day for a race, it was pretty cool at the start but it was nice once you got moving. The course was great and there were a lot of officers running to honor Trooper Iwaniec.
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