Why yes I am currently doing the Electric Slide? But that is not what this post is about.
There is a new race on the market: The Electric Run.
I'm always up for trying a new race series, especially when they offer me a free entry and a discount code to offer to friends/blog readers.
Well Electric Run was coming to "Boston" on October 4 so I was in.
NOW, we are using the term "Boston" loosely for this race. The race was actually taking part at Gillette Stadium, which is the home of the Patriots, which is located in Foxboro. Foxboro for those that don't know is about 45 minutes south of Boston.
I am all for races using the closest city as a marker, but please do not call this race Boston when it is located over 30 miles from the city.
But I digress...
Here is what Electric Run has to say about themselves:
Come have fun with us in a different world!! Along the 5k route music will pump and lights will dance creating an electric wonderland that will keep you energized and moving to the beat. You’ll run, walk, and dance through distinct lands with lights and music custom mixed to match the mood of the lighting elements.
Well I liked the sound of it so I accepted the entry and my cousin used my discount code to sign up. The price was $45 and exponentially rose as you got closer to the event. $45 to $50 t0 $55 to $65 to $70. So if you were enticed at the beginning you caught a good price for what you got.
In addition to entry (the race was untimed), you received cotton shirt, LED bracelet, glow necklace and glow sunglasses.
As you can see my packet (nor my cousin's) did not receive a glow necklace, but did have everything else. After speaking with other friends that ran the Boston race, no one received the glow necklace.
Thankfully Electric Run offered a packet pickup right across from the street from my house on the Wednesday before the race before moving the rest of packet pick-up closer to the location. YAY ME! :P
Well the race was taking place at 7:15pm and one pair of glow sunglasses would not be enough glow for us. So I stopped by Party City and stocked up.
Now THAT is glow! :)
Here was their suggestions for attire:
We invite you to bring your creativity, smile, laugh, and leave dull at home. It is the collective light and creativity of the thousands of participants that brings this event to life! You are coming to have fun and experience something magical and different. Look the part! If it is bright-colored, blinks, shines, glows, or looks like something from another planet, it’s perfect! Put it on and come celebrate with us!
I had no idea what to wear so I tried to put together the flashiest outfit I could.
I headed out about 3:30pm to take the ride to meet my cousin at her work. Thankfully parking would be free at the race, but no need to drive two cars all that way so we carpooled. Plus great way to catch up.
We actually made it to Foxboro in good time and were parked by 5:45pm.
Now there was a nip in the air since the sun was setting, but we both opted to forego the long sleeve shirts/jacket and brave it. We grabbed our bibs and glow sticks and headed over to the pre-race party.
There were people EVERYWHERE!!
It looked to be hundreds of people waiting in line to pick up their bibs onsite. There was even a line at the tent/store for people to buy Electric Run swag/more glow sticks.
We thankfully had everything we needed and were able to sidestep all that mess.
We ran into one of my Weight Watchers members Audrey, chatted for a minute and kept moving toward the Start area.
We actually saw a group of people already forming to get into the Start corral at 6pm so we headed that way.
The race opened the Start Corral early and we hoarded ourselves in there so we could get a good spot.
Now the race didn't start until 7:15 so we had a good 45 minutes or so til the gun would go off, but I wasn't able to risk a good spot in line to wander around the pre-party.
Plus, we were entertaining ourselves pretty well.
Why hello Gillette - you pretty thing you!
The Electric Run crew started bringing the party to the Start Corral as they noticed more and more people lining up. They were doing a great job of throwing out glow sticks to the crowd, shouting out Red Sox scores (well since they were winning) and blasting some great dancing music. It was like a party before the party.
As I looked around the Corral I noticed folks of all ages even parents with kids. I think the youngest participant was a 10 month old baby. Wow! I thought it was a little loud for kids, but I'm not a parent so what do I know. :P
FINALLY it was 7:15 and time to kick off the first corral.
As you all know I never look at course maps before races (oops!) so I had NO idea what to expect. It seemed that corrals would be let off evert 2-3 minutes or so.
Once the first corral started, we realized we were at the beginning of Corral 2. Yay!
After a little more music and free stuff being tossed to the crowd, it was our time.
Now this race was not timed, but since I am on my 1000 Miles in 2013 crusade, I had to bring my Garmin so I could mark the miles. So as I crossed under the Start tress I hit start on my Garmin.
We weaved through the parking lot of Gillette Stadium and then around the grounds of Gillette, which incorporated the Electric Run's sights of:
*Rainbow Road - big air-filled arches that flashed different colors
*Neffmau5 land - different color lights cast upon the trees with music playing
*Pillar Party - giant pillars (like the Start one above) lighting up in a pattern to the music playing
*Electric Avenue - an area of screens with different colors/images portrayed on them
*Electro Rainforest - umbrella displays lit up with neon colors
When you weren't near a "land" it was pretty dark so I kept trying to shake my big foam glow thing that I caught from the MC near the ground to make it easier for my cousin and I to run. Thankfully we were moving at a safe speed, but still having to bob and weave around the groups that were walking. It is a little scary to run in the dark I can admit that.
The Electric Avenue portion was just prior to the water stop.
After the water stop, we finally entered Gillette Stadium itself - YAY!! Only to immediately turn up and run up the ramps to go from the bottom of the stadium to the top (300 level).
The Electro Rainforest was actually on the ramps. My cousin was having trouble heading up the ramps so I tried to entertain her by poorly dancing next to her. Hey! Anything to keep both of us moving forward. :)
After making it up to the 300 level we ran across the stadium to the other set of ramps.
I actually ran into a friend and fellow Weight Watchers Leader, Heather, while heading down the ramps on the other side.
Once we were back on the ground (ie the 100 level), we continued our run to the Finish.
As soon as I crossed the "Finish Line" - there wasn't anything to indicate the Finish really besides the volunteers telling you and the fact that there was another table of water. :P
And my Garmin told it was well under a 5k.
Now many people probably didn't notice or care as this was a total fun run. But, I am trying for those 1000 miles so I like to be precise. As a result, I took a few laps around the concourse to make sure my mileage was accurate. :P
Ahh I felt better after that. Even with the odd looks from other participants and the "you are going the wrong way" from a security guard. ;)
My cousin and I had a fun time together. It was nice to just get out and dance a race. Yes I would say I was dancing to the music more than running, which was fine by me.
The only thing was at the Finish Line there was water and that energy drink Rockstar. I didn't see any food. You could purchase beer and food from the Gillette concessions, but none provided to the racers. With many folks having this as their first time walking/running experience, I would've thought they would've provided more. Maybe there was and I missed it, but I usually don't miss food.
The DJ was going strong and people were starting to get their dance on.
It had been a long day for both of us so we decided to skip out on the post-race party. Plus I didn't want to spend money on food/beer. :P
As we headed back to Jen's car around 8:15pm, we saw people asking volunteers where the Start was and a long line of people still waiting to pick up their packets. Waahhh??
Well, it was announced that there were 15,000 people at the event that night and that corrals would be going off from 7:15pm through 8:30pm. Hmmm with the amount of people we saw still in line, I'm sure people got started even later than that.
Thank goodness we got there when we did. I wouldn't have been a happy camper if I didn't even get to start the race until after 8:30pm. But, those people may have planned it that way so they glowed more. Who knows.
I really liked that the race had a charity aspect. They paired up with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.
Overall it was a fun experience. I think events like the Electric Run are great at getting people out walking/running/wogging that might not otherwise. And who knows? Maybe someone who walked the Electric Run at Gillette is now home plotting their first local 5k.
Welcome to the racing bug folks! ;)
Have you done an Electric Run? Were you one of the 15,000 who raced at Gillette?