2021 Race 6, St. Paddy’s Day 5K

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Race photos are at the link above.

BEFORE MY START:    On March 13 I did my 6th race of 2021, the St. Paddy’s Day 5K held in Gruene/News Braunfels, Texas. Put on by local area race management company Athlete Guild, this event had 259 finishers, 91 male and 168 male.  There was also a Kid’s Run held a short while before the start of the main event. Start and finish at Gruene River Company, a tubing and rafts business.  Mother Nature was threatening rain, but all we got were just a few light drops, nothing much; however, it really did shoot up the humidity and the temp was around 68 degrees at start time.  I arrived at race site with about 45 minutes to start time, got my race packet, and then got a few pre-start photos.

ON THE COURSE:  Started in the Gruene River Company parking area; right turn onto a local street, then after a very short way, right turn that took us onto a road with a hill.  Up this hill and underneath a train bridge, and then a left turn into a very nice neighborhood with wide streets and nice homes…and more hills. Very little traffic at all so everyone could spread out quite a bit, which was nice. We did a loop course through this neighborhood that brought us back out to the street on which we had first come into this area.  So the uphill we had on the way out was now a downhill that took us back to the Gruene River Co. area.  To finish, we made a turn into the back gate area of the company property, went alongside the company building, then turned in front of it to get to the finish line.  Nicely thought out course. I finished in 37:01, getting 5th in my age 65-69 ag group.  Yeah, there are some speedy old guys in my age group, lol. The first guy in my age group finished in 22 minutes and change.

AFTER MY FINISH:  After I finished, I stood near the finish line and got a few photos of others coming into the finish line. Then went and got some water and a banana and relaxed for a few minutes.  After that, wandered around and took some various photos of some of the Happy Finishers, volunteers, and supporters that were there for their “personal runners/walkers” as well as some of the sponsors. Nic post-race goodies too, with Whataburger handing out breakfast taquitos and Guadalupe Brewery had their really good beer available.

Epilogue:  Athlete Guild puts on some really good, well organized events with nice post-race goodies; nice quality race shirts; finisher medals; kiosk for participants to get results print-out, and a pretty nice after-party.  Definitely would recommend their events, and would certainly do this 5K again. Also, as you can see from some of the photos, their events are dog-friendly.

MUCHO THANKS TO: Athlete Guild Crew, and all the volunteers that were out there for us, and who were at packet pickup too; and all the sponsors supporting this one. Thanks to Gruene River Co. for the use of their property and thanks to Guadalupe Brewery, Whataburger, and all the other sponsors for the goodies they had available; also to our law enforcement folks that were there for us for traffic control, and anyone else I may not have mentioned here. Thank you all for what you do so we participants could have this event.   

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