Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K
Easter weekend my friend Allyson and I ran the Hop Hop 5K put on by Foot Traffic. She was running her first 5K race and I was running my seventh.
My first 5K in 2006, I ran quickly at the start, walked the majority of the rest of the race, and then ran to the finish line. After that race, I vowed to myself to never walk during another 5K race. I quickly broke that vow when I did my next 5K in 2011 when the race finish was up a huge hill on The University of Kansas campus.
Thankfully, I’ve made it through 2/3 of the 5K races I’ve ran without walking, the Hop Hop 5K being one of them! Both Allyson and I had personal-best 5K times and placed in the top 20 in our age division.
The Foot Traffic Hop Hop 5K is a well-organized, fun event. The course was also great, and a huge bonus to any runner, it’s fairly flat.
Half-way through the race, you typically have a water station. Typically, I quickly breeze past them. This time they were handing out Peeps and jellybeans. On an Easter themed race we had to have a Peep and shortly after felt the sugar high.
At the end of the Hop Hop 5K there were egg croissant sandwiches and mimosas. Having a breakfast at the end of the race was such a treat and reminded me of that first race in 2006 when we were treated with omelets at the end.
I’m eagerly awaiting next Easter to do this race again!
The Easter Bunny led us in pre-race stretches.