I did a quick search and saw that this race was starting and ending only a few blocks from my apartment, in Freedom Plaza.
This race is for a great cause, brain tumor research. Knowing your entry fee is going to help those in need adds extra meaning to pulling yourself out of bed on the weekend.
RACE DAY ORGANIZATION: Before the race they had a "Survivors Tribute" where survivors in attendance wore yellow and paraded down the street being applauded by all the runners lined-up for the race. It was incredibly moving. Talk about putting something silly like a simple road race in perspective. Survivors in attendance ranged from young children to older adults. I recently had a family member pass away after a long fight against brain cancer, so it was hard to not get choked up with all the emotion of the morning.
REFRESHMENTS/BAG CHECK: Bag check was a piece of cake. It took approximately one minute to drop off my stuff, and everything was returned promptly when I finished. For refreshments they had bagels, fruit, ice cream and more. I grabbed a handful of things and heading back to my apartment. I cannot stress enough how nice it is to have a race literally in your backyard. FYI, there was no "EXPO" we just picked up race numbers the morning of.