Kelly the Culinarian: Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K Race Report

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K Race Report

My bib is broken
Yay, I PRed by more than five minutes! However, who really knows, because my timing chip was defective and I didn't get an official time.  I don't know how I manage to always pick duds of races, but go me for consistency.

I signed up for the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 10K months ago because I knew it would fit in nicely to my marathon training plan. I was scheduled to run six miles today and I haven't run a 10K since the Fitness for America 10K last year, so I was all about it.

But this week, I was a terrible runner. I did not taper my training or my eating, and I'm pretty sure Taco Bell is not a great way to fuel. I also didn't hydrate and haven't slept well since last weekend, so I had no clue how this was going to play out.

I got to Wheaton early and walked around, hit the numerous port-o-potties and stretched, contemplating how I was utterly unprepared for this. This was my first completely solo race, too. Even if no one really runs with me, it's nice to know someone is out there. So I treated this like a training run, which I do solo anyways.

The swag
All in all, the race was very well-organized. There were plenty of water stations, including some that houses along the race route set up. There was a little girl with Spongebob dixie cups from the bathroom who set up her own aid station. It was too adorable for words.

The first three miles flew by and I was holding steady at eight-minute miles. The course had plenty of shade but was through a residential area. I'm bummed we didn't get to run through the zoo - I thought we'd get to see the animals we're supporting.

The final two miles were tough for me as I tried to catch up with people and push it to a strong finish. My Garmin time was 50:09:12, which is an 8:02 overall pace. My time last year was 55:12, so I'm happy with the improvement.

I didn't realize until after I got stretched out by a chiropractor and received a chair massage from another vendor that my name wasn't on the results board. The woman with the timing company said some of the chips were installed horizontally on the bibs instead of vertically, which is why my time didn't register. She (unprovoked) said it wasn't their fault. Given my crappy volunteering experiences lately, I didn't push the issue, but if it isn't the timing company's fault, who's fault is it when the timing is wrong?

She literally recorded my bib number and self-reported time on a clip board to enter into the race results later. They didn't do an awards ceremony as a result.

While this was a nice race, I won't do it again. I race to get official times; otherwise, I could just run at home with my Garmin for the same results. I'm quite salty about the whole thing, obviously.

Cost: $40
Time: 50:09:12 (according to Garmin)
Pros: Easy to park, nice long-sleeved tech shirt, great post-race party, lots of crowd support, mostly shaded and flat course
Cons: Totally jacked up timing. I didn't get timed at all and it appears to be no one's fault.
Would I race it again: No. I pay to race for the timing. If I have to do it myself, I'll stay home and save my money.

7 comments:

Maggie MagMileRunner said...

Congrats on the PR but I would also be pretty salty about the whole timing situation. Especially the way the woman with the company handled it. Sounds like she needs a crash course in customer relations. And I would also be disappointed that a race to support a zoo didn't actually go through the zoo.

Losing Lindy said...

Hey! I found you on the Chicago Running Bloggers page, I didn't even know there was the race until my friend told me the Taste of Wheaton is going on. So we went. I am sorry about the chip issue. That is terrible. Yay on your PR, I say you go with what Garmin says!

Losing Lindy said...

Hey! I found you on the Chicago Running Bloggers page, I didn't even know there was the race until my friend told me the Taste of Wheaton is going on. So we went. I am sorry about the chip issue. That is terrible. Yay on your PR, I say you go with what Garmin says!

Unknown said...

Ha, I googled "Cosley Zoo Run 2012 fail" and came across your blog! I couldn't agree more with your thoughts. My chip was defective too,and my heart sunk when I went to the board to see my time was no where to be found. I was the third overall female also ): I've been training and really wanted my official time. I might not do this race again as a result. Thanks for posting and happy running!

Ginger Foxxx said...

Oh no! Matt had timing issues too! He is super angry about it - i will let him know about the faulty time chips! I would be upset too. That's an awesome time though, nice job!

bobbi said...

Boo!! THat is such a bummer! But yay for the PR anyway (it totally counts!)...

kilax said...

Congrats on the awesome PR! That is super speedy... even if their stupid timing system messed up!

I love the little girl with her own water station! Too cute!