The race had a later starting time (11:00 a.m.) than many races, so it was easy to get up and take the ride over to Northampton County. The race, which was set up at a local church, was very well set up for a rookie event. There was no problem getting checked in and picking up my race bib and shirt, plus there were plenty of pre- and post-race snacks for the runners to munch on. Many volunteers seemed just as excited as some of the runners for the first Conway 5k in history!
The runners were lined up, and a train whistle was used to start the race! The race itself was pretty straightforward; we went out one of the side roads from the main street for about a mile and half, then we turned and came straight back. The area around Conway was mercifully flat, so the race turned out to be pretty fast as well. There was a good water stop right around the halfway mark, so everyone had a chance to get some fluids as needed. We passed many rural homes, where some owners knew what was going on and others were surprised to find a mess of runners going by!