This past Sunday I ran the most delicious run of my life, the PNE Donut Dash. This family friendly 5K fun run is hosted by Try Events, and is a no brainer if you like running/ walking , having fun and mini donuts.
This run was also perfect to try with the jogging stroller. Read on for my “sweet” race recap.
The run started and finished at Empire Field and went through the Playland and PNE fairgrounds. At $35 ($40 for late registrations), it was affordable considering registration included a buff (headband), a finishing medal and entry into the fair. There were plenty of volunteers handing out churros, little bags of mini donuts, and of course water. At the finish line, runners were handed bottles of water and mini donuts.
- Lively and fun ambiance – costumes, tutus, inflatable donuts, and PNE characters cheering you on throughout the course. Which also provided entertainment for the many kids that participated.
- Food stations – A fun way to indulge in some of the fair treats while burning it off at the same time. 😉
- The medal – it’s super cute, I am a sucker for a good medal.
- It’s cheap – $40 (max)
- Free entry to the PNE – we made it into a full day event rather than just a morning. Indulging in some delicious fair food and enjoying the attractions.
- No kilometer markers – where were they?
- PNE wasn’t open early – Unfortunately the faster runners had a lot of time to kill after the race because the PNE didn’t open until 11am (and the race started at 9am). There was a soft opening at 10:30 but this was just to let everyone waiting outside in off the street. We were held at the front entrance until 11am.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from my little guy as its always just been the two of us running. However he pleasantly surprised me laughing and waving throughout the run. The fun ambiance and numerous kids provided him with lots of stimulation along the way. There were more hills than I expected but I managed it with minimal issue. I finished in a relaxed 40 minutes which is considerably slower than my stroller free 5 km time but I was by no means going for a PB. Although it was a bit hard to navigate the crowds at the beginning of the race, overall my first race with a jogging stroller was a success.
Would I do this again?
Absolutely! If you are considering participating next year my advise…..don’t treat it as a serious race. Stop and enjoy the treats and entertainment along the course. It’s a fun race for non-runners and PB-seekers alike, providing another reason to look forward to the PNE.
Now….I just need to get to one of the FREE Summer Night Concerts. 😉