Race Review: Sweet Home Milwaukee 5K

This would be what I would consider an entry level 5K for beginner runners. Or, as in my case this year, a very good opportunity to PR your 5K time if you’re in the market to do so. The weather this year was quite chilly. How chilly you ask? Low 30s and later that day it snowed. On April 27. Gotta love Wisconsin weather, haha! So here are the details of this year’s Sweet Home Milwaukee 5K!

Expo Quality: Not really an expo per se. You pick up your packet at a local running store, Performance Running Outfitters. They give you your bib and some fillers in your bag along with your t-shirt. The one cool benefit of having packet pickup there is if you need or want to check out some new sneakers, you’ll be set.

Race Management: Lots of contact leading up to the race, even a final email on the Thursday before the race informing runners that a decision would be made early if inclement weather were to arrive sooner than predicted. Great atmosphere at the race with music and the emcee keeping everyone awake and chuckling before the race and after the race.

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Parking/Access: The race is held on the Milwaukee Lakefront at Veterans Park, which has a decent amount of parking spaces and then street parking is also available in the area. I had no trouble getting a spot and it seemed a lot of people had no trouble with the street parking.

Course Scenery: The race runs along the lakefront so you have plenty to gaze out at as you complete the 5K. Also, you’re running through the park so all spectators can cheer you on from all the picnic tables that are spread about.

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Aid Stations: One water station a little beyond the one mile marker point (via your own tracking since there were no actual mile markers on the course). Both sides of the course had tables with volunteers handing out water.

Elevation Difficulty: None. There is zero elevation hence why it makes for a nice starter 5K for someone.

T-Shirts/Swag: You receive a long-sleeve cotton t-shirt and a pretty sweet medal that doubles as a bottle opener. You also receive a free beer ticket which this year got you a brew from local brewery Third Space Brewing. You also get a ticket for a free Bloody Mary at local restaurant Stubby’s Gastropub. At the finish line there was water, a banana and apples.

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Overall: The weather notwithstanding I enjoyed the race. Yes, I have some bias since I set a PR for myself in the 5K distance but the communication was good, the swag was good for the price and course was nice to run on. Also, they had a food drive being put on by the Hunger Task Force that was connected to a raffle. You could donate items of food or a monetary donation. I would definitely consider doing this race next year. The weather has to be better, right? Haha!

 

Hope you have enjoyed this review and happy running!

How I Fuel Long Runs

Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Honey Stinger and their products.

 

Now, even though I am an ambassador for Honey Stinger, the HS Hive, I do actually enjoy their products and feel that they work best for me. That’s the biggest key right there. It isn’t as if I haven’t tried multiple options that exist in the refueling industry and it took some disappointing experiences to land on the one company who made products that agreed with me and my body.

I love Honey Stinger’s gummy gels. Just like a fruit snack and they don’t have some weird aftertaste. Great for a sugar boost and Vitamin C. I know a lot of folks prefer other brands, Gatorade gels come to mind, but my experience with those in particular have never been good, especially in the middle of a race. Upset stomach. Substance all over my hands making them sticky and nasty on a hot day. Not so good aftertaste hanging around while you run which is also unpleasant. And Honey Stinger doesn’t just provide gummies for a carb boost for those long runs.

These organic waffles are really good. A little dry if it’s an extremely hot day and you don’t want dry mouth but water helps solve that issue. And delicious flavors too! The one pictured here, vanilla, was OK, in my opinion, but the real treat is in their honey waffle and ginger waffles. Damn good and, just like the gummies, they give you some serious boost and uplift when you might be dragging in the latter stages of that long run.

There are a lot of options out there and you deserve to sample all of them. Like I said, what works for one may not work for another. But I must suggest giving the Honey Stinger products a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

And, just out of curiosity, what is it that you use in your long runs? Please comment with your choice; I love to see and hear all the options out there!

Happy (long) running!!