Race Review: Courthouse Classic

The Courthouse Classic was held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in LaGrange, IN. Race started at 9:00a.m.  The weather was sunny, humid, and 75 degrees. Ugh. 

Let’s start out by saying, I hate 5ks, but I like the Courthouse Classic.  I have lost track of how many times I have ran this race, but it’s either the 4th or 5th time.  It’s become our Father’s Day weekend tradition. It’s a small town race that supports the local high school cross country team.  It begins in downtown beside the county courthouse, winds its way out of town into the country, and back in town finishing on the other side of the courthouse.  It’s  mostly flat, but with a couple of hills.  

Early registration was only $14 and $20 after that, so the registration fee is awesome.  Not only that, but what you get with your shirt, makes up for the registration fee.  When you pick up your bib and shirt, you get a bag of groceries.  I think there was only one item in the bags that we won’t use.  

The race also has a 1 mile competitive and fun run.  Same start/finish line as the 5k but the course stays in town with one hill. The kids got different bags that included such things as coloring books, juice, and candy. 

The kids run started at 8:30AM.  Derek was the only one running the mile from our family. Derek isn’t quiet all in on this running thing yet, but the further into a race, the more he cares about passing other kids. He is also into using his “boosters” to run faster.  He ran a 16:10 mile. 

The 5k starts at 9:00.  Since it’s right next to the courthouse, the bells on the courthouse right at 9:00.  After the 9th bell rings, they start the race.  My race plan, take out easy and try to run even splits. So at the start, I was probably as far back as 25th. My splits were 6:06, 6:14, and 6:24 and finished in 19:07.  This was good enough for 16th overall and 2nd in my division.  For this being my 5th race since Memorial Day Weekend, this isn’t too bad.  Thankfully, I don’t have another race until July 16th.

Emma, Chloe, and Tina also ran in the 5k.  Emma ran with my dad, and Chloe and Tina ran together.  Emma ran it in 35:02, finishing 6th in the 0-13 division.  Chloe and Tina ran it in 45:31, finishing 8th in the 0-13 division. 

Post race food included sausages, Subway, fruit, bottled water, and Poweraid.  Usually the race has enough food but by the time Chloe finished, most of the fruit was gone, and the Subway was completely gone. 

The awards for this race go to top 3 overall and top 4 in each division.  Not sure exactly why they go up to 4th but that’s how it has always been. I will say, the Courthouse Classic must have a stockpile of awards.  Every year I have placed in my division and have received the exact same trophy.  The name of the race is on the plate, but the place you finished in or the year is not on them. But, the race is very cheap as far as registration fees, so you can’t really complain. 

Overall, great small town race.  You can’t beat the price and swag bag. Look forward to running it again in 2018. 


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