We kicked off our weekend in Buffalo by running the John Beishline Memorial 5K Saturday Morning. John Beishline was the Race Director for the marathon until he passed away in December of 2013, so the 5K is now run in his honor. Packet pick-up was the morning of the race so we made sure we were at the convention center with more than enough time to grab our bibs and get into the corrals for an 8:30 start time. Getting our bibs was simple! We had gotten an e-mail the day before containing our bib numbers and there were tables set up according to number ranges. The shirts were located at a different table and the whole registration process only took five minutes. We waited inside the convention center for a while because it was still pretty chilly outside. We headed outside about 20 minutes before the start to make the two block walk to the start line.
Since we were running the Half on Sunday, neither of us were actually “racing” the 5k. Travis slowed down to my pace and we ran together. After the National Anthem, we were off right on time. Aside from a slight incline in the first mile, the course was flat. The course went through a residential area of Buffalo and finished downtown outside of the convention center. There were a ton of volunteers out on the course along with more spectators than we had anticipated with a water stop in the second mile. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many young kids were running with a parent! We most definitely got beat by a little girl who looked to be around 5 years old!
As a bonus, there were finisher medals for this race – not something you’d normally see at the 5K distance. It was definitely a nice touch! We really enjoyed everything about this race! It was the perfect way to kick off the Memorial weekend festivities!