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Before The Start: My 10th race of 2023 was the Street2Feet 5K held on February 19th at Brooks in San Antonio, Texas. This is one of my ‘streak’ races; I have done all the live Street2Feet 5K races ever since this event started. Brooks is the former Brooks Air Force Base which became Brooks City Base and now is known simply as “Brooks”, an open community with the mission to benefit the economy of San Antonio’s South Side. Brooks is owned and managed by the Brooks Development Authority with a board of 11 members appointed by the San Antonio City Council. Founded in 2008, Street2Feet is a wellness program for those experiencing homelessness. Start and finish was at Hanger 9, where all the pre-race and post-race activities took place. Lots of pre-race activities included photo ops at the Street2Feet backdrop and there was a kids run before the main event. We also had music from our DJ Pau, and indoor restrooms, which was really nice. I arrived with about 40 minutes to race time and wandered around chatting with participants and supporters and got a few post-race photos.
On The Course – 8 a.m. start time and you better be ready because local race management company iaap, who did the course setup, timing, and results, has a good reputation for starting right on time. The course was an out-and-back on the very wide roadways of this former Air Force base, plenty of maneuvering room for everyone. It is also quite a flat course, which is nice. After my 5K the day before, in which I pushed myself a bit, I just kind of took this one easy for a bit, finishing in 40:39 chip time, although I did get a negative split for my last mile, as I ran most of Mile 3 nonstop, instead of taking my last walk break. I was 10th out of 14 in my 60-69 males age group.
After My Finish: Did my usual post-race cool down walk, eating a banana and getting some water into me. After that I enjoyed wandering around the area chatting with participants and supporters, giving treats to the dogs there, and getting some post-race photos. Also enjoyed some of the post-race goodies, and there were quite a few offerings from some of the sponsors that were there.
Epilogue: This is a very popular annual event. This year the 5K had 428 finishers. Very nicely laid out course; nicely designed race shirt, and lots of sponsor freebie stuff. Inside the hangar, there was also a photo booth, which was popular. I would certainly recommend this event to others and I will continue to do this one myself. Our MC, Lana – and I think co-founder of Street2Feet 5K – did a great job, and our music man Paul rocked out the tunes for us. Several local community running organizations were represented too, including Wolfpack Running, San Antonio Roadrunners, Munsters Squad, iaap, and more. If you’ve never done this event, this is definitely a ‘to do’ race to put on your list for the future. Much thanks to all the people that made this one happen for we participants: all the sponsors, volunteers, La Gloria Restaurant for allowing packet pickup to be held there, the police officers on the course, iaap crew, of course, and anyone else involved I may not have mentioned here. Hope to see you out there next year!