This past Saturday I got the opportunity to run the Fiesta 5K with a group of people for KIND Snacks, one of the race's sponsors. One of the marketing guys for KIND approached me about running for them, and of course I couldn't turn it down, especially to run a race for such a great cause like the Packard Center for ALS research.
Not only do I love KIND healthy snacks like their dark chocolate sea salt bars and peanut butter granola, but I've become more impressed with KIND snacks' involvement in community events around Baltimore along with nation-wide which goes along with their slogan Do the Kind Thing. They even have a campaign with NBA star Kevin Durant to reach 1 million Strong and Kind pledges to support their $1 million donation to Durant's foundation which creates specialized after-school and education programs for at-risk youth. Join me and take the pledge here!
Before the race the weather was cloudy but warm. I actually had some blue capris that matched the KIND shirt so I was in fully matching running clothes for once! I jogged an easy mile down to the start line after having my usual pre-race breakfast of a banana and peanut butter!Our team was Joe, Theo, Holly, and me. I know Holly from group marathon training last summer so it was great to catch up!
|photo of the team from Tim of KIND-thanks!|
The race was a pretty flat, easy 5K that started and ended at Power Plant Live downtown. The course went along the harbor, through Harbor East, and then looped around in Fells Point before heading back to Power Plant. The KIND team tried to stay together but the boys ended up running faster ahead so I stuck with Holly and enjoyed the race as we got a chance to chat. Theo said he heard us talking the whole time! This was one of those times where it was actually nice to stick to my plan of not racing! I thought we would be running this race slower but still ended up running 7:30 miles!
The first 2/3 of the race went by really fast! The last third of the race was pretty much a straightaway to the finish line which felt like it went on forever! In the end I finished in a respectable 23:18 and managed to be 7th in my age group and 107/1476 overall!
|Photo courtesy of Holly|
Post-race we all hung out at the KIND table and helped hand out complimentary KIND bars to runners. There was apparently some post-race food, but I just stuck with the rest of my lemon-lime Nuun Energy, water, and a KIND bar of course! It was great to see people love their bars as much as I do! The sun even started to peek out from behind the clouds which was nice.
There was over $400,000 raised for ALS research from the race. It was so inspiring to see so many runners and teams who either were battling ALS or Lou Gehrig's diseases or were running for a friend or family member who had the disease. It was great to spend a Saturday morning running and supporting a really great cause. This is definitely a fast and fun 5K I'd love to run again!
What's your favorite flavor of KIND bars? Have you supported a charity recently?