Susie Felber of Weehawken Strong tells us 5 Reasons the HoBOOken 5k Rules.
1. It’s a costumed race
The HoBOOken includes a 1-mile race for kids called “Scary Scurry” and the 5k, which is adults and a few adventurous kids. And for both, yes, most everyone runs in costumes. While running makes me feel great and energized after the fact, I think running any distance beyond half a block is exceedingly boring. When I run, I just think I could be doing so many more interesting things. Or I think: why not just walk? Why all this work? Personally, the motivation is not there. However, at the HoBOOken 5k, I’m totally entertained for 3.1 miles as my fellow runners let their freak flags fly. I remember seeing a group of young people in torn bloody white T-shirts that said “VICTIM” and then, a minute later, seeing a group of people dressed as sharks running after them. Or you find you’re with a group of pharaohs from ancient Egypt and then you’re trying to keep pace with Pac-Man and his ghosts. From the costumes that are made with love from cardboard to the really professional ones, there’s never a dull moment to be a part of this speedy parade. Added bonus: the fun of costumes inspired my kids. When I suggested we all train and run, there’s was no interest. But when they saw Mom in a cape, surrounded by so much silliness, they decided they wanted in.
2. It includes stunning world-class views.
Much of the run is along the banks of the Hudson River, so if costumes aren’t enough, seeing the undulating water and the beauty of whole west side of Manhattan spread before you is amazing, and the breezes from the river cool you down.
3. It has food & stuff.
After you cross the finish line, there’s fresh fruit and snacks, coupons and swag. I’m so appreciative of that post-race banana or granola bar that I will pledge allegiance to any and all businesses that contribute. Last year I got a new toothbrush and some colorful pens. After my post-race high, I get prizes? Yes! I’m a total overgrown child and I love that.
4. It also has chipped bibs & official results.
I’m slow. Every 5-kilometer race is a challenge for me. I’m super proud that I’ve always run and not walked in a race. And because I started running so late in life, my PRs (personal records) are easily beaten. So I love wearing a chipped bib—where a computer chip is embedded in your number to provide precise times—because afterwards I can see where I landed and compare myself to other women in my age group. Last year, in the 70+ category, Beverly Hans, a 77-year-old woman from Hoboken, NJ, ran it in 37:39.27, and in a few decades, I hope to be giving my peers in that age group a run for the title.
5. The money raised goes to a good cause.
Sometimes I can’t be bothered to be fit. Perhaps it’s my personal problem, but beyond the boredom of a long run, I’ve got a job and a family, so it also seems kind of self-indulgent and just plain hard to take time from my life to concentrate on only myself. A race on the calendar helps me to have a reason to get in shape, and the worthy cause, raising money for a local homeless shelter, makes me feel that beating my record, firming up my calves, or lowering my resting heart rate isn’t trivial.
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You can read Susie’s full article here.