Jones Middle School in Trenton was the safest place to be in the county on race morning, as no fewer than 15 sheriff and deputy cars lined up to provide traffic control along the race course in this city with a population of 201. The turnout for the race seemed to be very positive, with lots of runners and volunteers milling around the school, taking care of registration and setup and loosening up before the 5k started. There were lots of participants from the school, but also a good contingent of runners from around the area, parents, and supporters.
I was very pleased with my 26:45 time and with the good spread of snacks and drinks they had for us post-race. The finishers, whether they ran the whole way or were just out for a walk that would support the school, were in a good mood and all the good spirits contributed to a nice post-race atmosphere. Another great surprise was when they began giving out medals for the top age-group finishers, and yours truly took home 1st place in his age group! (Yep, there weren't many 40-year olds at the middle school.)