On April 13th I ran the Hershey 10k for the second time! (First time recap is here.)
For a little background, in 2011 I ran the Hershey Half Marathon – and thanks to the “fun” rolling hills, it was really rough. I decided never again. However last year when I saw the 10k advertised I decided to give Hershey another chance. 🙂 I trained for it and managed to PR, so overall my experience was pretty great!
This year I signed up for the 10k again. It is a well organized race, that is pretty close to where I live, and super fun.
I drove to Hershey the night before the race to pick up my race packet. This year they had LONG SLEEVED TECH SHIRTS – heck yea! (Last year it was just a cotton long sleeved). Packet pickup at this race is always super easy and parking for it (and the race itself) is a non issue. Then I hit up Chocolate World and the nearby outlets for some shopping before checking into my hotel and falling asleep.
The next morning I woke up, checked out of the hotel and drove to the Hershey Park Stadium for the race. I got there way early (because that’s just what I do..) so I went to the restroom (there are real restrooms in the stadium which is awesome!), ate my Sport Beans, and got a picture with a Hershey Kiss!
Side note: do you know how weird it is to pose with a Hershey’s Kiss? Where do you put your arms since their bottom half is so wide? haha. Instead I just decided to jazz hand it up.
The race started at 7:30, and since the crowd is (relatively) small-ish for this one, I crossed the start shortly there after.
The first three miles are through a parking lot, and the hills hit you right away. I had forgotten how hilly this course was! After the parking lot you head around the outlets, which is a bit more scenic, before heading into the park around mile four. Going into the park totally makes up for the boring first couple of miles. It’s so fun to run around the water park, through back access roads and under roller coasters. The folks working at Hershey Park are all out and clapping and cheering too which is awesome. Though I will say, the hills pretty much continue the whole way though.
The last hill is climbing back up to the stadium to loop around it and enter it for a sprint across the finish line.
Within the first few miles my legs were feeling a bit tired so I made the decision to just enjoy myself. My finishing time was 1:22:58. Honestly I don’t know how I managed to PR last year! Those hills were crazy! But overall, I really enjoyed this race for the 2nd year in a row – PR or not – and I hope to be back!