When I arrived at the venue, I made my way over to the VIP tent where I enjoyed a nice hot cup of coffee. I took some before photos with my aunt Max, and her husband Barry (who was running the 10k), then made use of the porta potties. There was also the option of using the washrooms inside the mall, but that seemed like an unnecessary hike away.
We lined up for our 5k run just before 9a.m. It was so packed and seemed to take forever to finally cross over the start line, but eventually we did get moving. I didn't go into this race with a plan, I was just there to have fun, and even though my aunt kept telling me I could run ahead of her, I didn't, because she was the whole point of why I was there! My aunt used to run a lot, but do an injury, she hasn't been running like she used to, so I followed her lead. We did 10s and 1s the whole time.
I thought this sign on someone's balcony was so sweet!