Raffle House 5K
The Raffle House 5K was held Saturday at the Terra Bella Subdivision in Covington, LA. The race was put on by the 15th Street Flyers and the St. Tammany Home Builders Association “Raising The Roof For Charity.”. Each year their members come together to build a house for charity. This year’s house is worth over $600,000!!! All of the race participants got to take a tour of the home and it is gorgeous! One lucky runner got a free entry into the drawing for the house, not me…boo. You can still purchase a ticket to win the house by going to http://raisingtheroof.net/. Pictured below is the beautiful home.
I worked until 5am Saturday morning then headed home to change for the race. I sat down to eat a pre-race snack and somehow I fell asleep for an hour and a half. It was hard to remove myself the couch because I would normally be deep into sleep at this point since I work nightshift. I volunteered to work the race so that was enough motivation for me to get dressed and get out of the door.
Well the winter weather is gone and the humidity is back. The weather for this race was a far cry from the morning of the Crescent City Classic just last week. It was already 70 degrees when I arrived to the race.
The pre race activities were set up right in front of the Raffle House. Many of the sponsors, which included Winters Title Agency, Robin Realty, St. Tammany HBA, GMFS Lending, & The Mixon Group of Keller-Williams Realty, were present and ready to run.
After I finished volunteering at the registration table it was time to run! The course was a double-loop hybrid course. What this means is half the course is road and half is trail. Pictured below is the bridge portion of the trail.
I knew from the starting line that this would not be a fast race for me. I was super tired from working all night and my right foot arch was still recovering from the Classic the week before. I was so tired I forgot to pin my race number to my shirt.
Mile 1 started in front of the Raffle House and took us through the neighborhood then into the wooded area. The access road to get to the trail was a little tough because it was the road for the construction trucks to dump their excess gravel and cement. The trail took us around a lake then over the bridge, pictured above, and back to the neighborhood.
For those who know me I am not a fan of trail runs. I am so nervous about tripping and rolling my ankle the whole time and I slow down. This race however has a great trail course. It is only about 1 mile total of the course and it is relatively smooth.
Somehow I was still in 1st after finishing the first mile in 7:20, not my usual first mile pace. The halfway point was back in front of the Raffle House. The Chick-Fil-A cow was cheering near the course which strangely gave me motivation. Maybe I was hungry. By the way Chick-Fil-A was a sponsor just in case you were wondering about the random mascot.
At the end of mile 2 we were back out on the trail and I slowed to a 7:37 pace. I was still in the lead for now and just trying to hold on. Besides forgetting my race number I also forgot my Ipod. Tragedy! The last leg of the race is where my motivational tunes really come in handy. I was running “naked” as they say and I hated it.
The last half mile took us back through the winding roads of the neighborhood. Did I mention this course had 16 turns? I miraculously finished 1st overall female in 23:29. Even better was the fact that my foot did not hurt. I wish I would have posted a better time but I was happy with my effort considering I was half awake at this point.
The post race party included the Chick-Fil-A cow handing out nuggets. There was also jambalaya, beer, protein drinks, massages, and tours of the Raffle House. Next was the award ceremony.
The sponsors and 15th street flyer, Diane Weiss, gave out the awards. I got a nice bag full of goodies for my overall win. The bag was an insulated drink bag with a built in bottle opener. I also got gift cards from Times Grill and Varsity Sports…..and a Chick-Fil-A cow!!!
This race is held at a different location in the Covington area every spring. You don’t want to miss it next year. You could win a house! You can find information for this race and other races at www.15thstreetflyers.org
Next up is the Huey P Long Bridge Run 5K this Saturday. Guess what? I was named a race ambassador! I am so excited. Hope to see you there!