I ran the 12k’s of Christmas in Gilbert, AZ on December 9, 2017. I wasn’t sure what I was getting in for because I only signed up for this race to get the challenge medal since I was also running the Scottsdale Half Marathon the next day and by running both I got an extra medal. Oh, also they were giving out Nothing Bundt Cake at the finish line too.
I signed up for the 12k and I decided to pick up my packet on the morning of. The race didn’t start until 10am, which in running time is super late. I had a 30 minute drive to Freestone Park where the race was. It was easy to find and there were lots of volunteers directing people to the parking area (plenty of parking also).
Packet pickup was easy and I had plenty of time to put my bag in my car. The expo was great! There were lots of tents lined up by the starting area with lots of great vendors with lots of freebies. I strolled through the vendors but didn’t pick up the freebies because I didn’t want to check anything.
I wore red to be festive, but some people had great costumes! Including this family that went as a Christmas train!
Finally time for the start and we’re ready to run. Nice course mostly packed gravel through the Gilbert riparian area and then around the canal and back to the park.
There were two bells groups, a cheerleading squad and numerous carolers on the course which made is really festive and fun.
The race was good, plenty of water stations and support. The course does get crowded the last 3k though because there is a 6k which starts a little later and so all of the 6k walkers are still on the course. It did make me feel “fast” because I was running and they were walking so I passed a ton of them.
I finished 4th in my age group with a 1:09:29 which is 9:20 / mile. But I was not close to coming in 3rd…that person finished 8 minutes (exactly) faster than me which tells me I should do some speed work!! But 4th out of 25 in my age group is not too bad.
The medal was nice. My kids loved it. I’m not in love the image, but it’s a really nice quality. The food after was GREAT! A Nothing Bundt Cake, water, banana, apple, bars, crackers, and yogurt. Then out in the expo I picked up a couple other drinks and some chap stick and sunscreen and some other stuff.
I would definitely run this race again and I’m planning on it next year! Super fun, plenty of bathrooms, easy parking, nice course, good expo and good food! Maybe next year I can work on running for 3rd place!!