Name of the race: Superfund Super Run 10K
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Date: Sept 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 pm
Terrain: Road race
Entry fee: $15
Post-race Food: Water & Beer (on tap!)
Performance: Overall 60/100
Weather: 81 degrees, 79% humidity
The Superfund Super Run 10K is an alleycat race. Usually alley cat races refer to informal cycling races, but this was a running race that’s held at night. There’s no official course. Instead there’s a start and a finish and it’s up to you to decide how to get to the finish line. Know a short cut? Usually this a no-no in a race, but in an alleycat race, this is all fair game. Let your inner Rosie Ruiz out!
I wanted to do this race last year, but rain stopped me (I’m a wuss). No rain this year, but lots of heat and humidity. There was a large showing from PPTC. Apparently I wasn’t the only crazy person who thought running at night sounded like fun. There’s a different feel to running at night. It was quite exciting. As we streamed through the streets of Brooklyn, people who were enjoying their night sitting at bars and cafes wondered what was going on with the unusual sight. I was surprised with how into it the accidental spectators were. People goodheartedly cheered and encouraged us.
Ben ran with me and played navigator, so all I had to do was run and not worry about getting lost. This is a real possibility. One PPTC member had written directions on his hand, but he still got off-track and ran an extra mile and half. We ran just under a 10K. As I crossed the finish line, I was handed a popsicle stick that had a number on it. The number was my overall place. Inside the bar, I traded my popsicle stick for ticket that was good for a free beer. I don’t drink beer, so I gave mine to Ben.
We hung out with the other club members in the outdoor patio space in the back until the award ceremony. The age group awards weren’t the traditional age groups. Runners were divided into thirds (oldest third, middle third, and youngest third) by gender. I didn’t get an age group award, but PPTC was pretty well-represented in terms of awards.
The Superfund Super Run 10K was a super fun race. I love the off-beat “secret” feel of the race because it’s run at night. The bar that we finished at was great. Ben and I plan on going back when we can enjoy it more leisurely. We couldn’t stay long because it was a Thursday night and I had to get up early for work.
Have you ever run a night race?