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The Original Original 5K

Dave Zimmer and Dave Kappas trade quips before the race starts
Last weekend I ran Fleet Feet's latest race creation, The Original 5K, a 70s-themed race meant to take you "back to the 70s when American distance runners stood atop the podiums of the world’s most famous races." As I said in my Newcity review, it definitely made good on the 70s theme and was a good, fun race to boot (especially for only $19.72).

There was a good deal of facial hair and a lot of headbands and an especially large contingent of striped tube socks of varying colors (mostly because the race packet included a pair of these socks rather than a race shirt). Overall, a great morning for running and a really solid debut for a new race, especially one that was only announced a few months ago.

Basecamp for the inaugural Original 5K


The best I could do for 70s theme was to throw on an old bowling shirt, but I think it was 70s enough for this race, though not the most comfortable shirt to run in. But the weather was perfect and the course was flat and open so it was a nice, fast race. I didn't break any records or anything but I felt good throughout the race, even if the guy next to me in the picture below looks way more excited to be running than me:




I think I covered it all in my Newcity review - I hope they make this race an annual event because I'd definitely do it again. I met up with my friends John and Veronica before the race and after the race so they're in my parting shot:

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