Harvest Hustle 5K: Ready, set, go!
It’s race week; just 4 days until the Harvest Hustle. On October 19, 2014, it is time to get moving at MWC Regional Park!
What should I wear?
The weather forecast is 75 degrees with no chance of rain and an southeast breeze of 12 mph-perfect for an afternoon in the park. It will be warm when you are walking or running the course. Wearing your race-shirt will probably be plenty. If you tend to be a bit cooler, dressing in layers will keep you warm before and after the race. On the course, you can take a layer off and tie it around your waist.
What time should I get there?
The festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. New vendors, games and activities have been added to the Wellness Expo. Midwest City Jazzercise will do a demo at 1:45. The group warm-up begins at 2:30 and the race starts at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you didn't pick up your packet on Friday or Saturday, packet-pick up at the race is at 12:30, but we strongly recommend picking your packet up at the YMCA on Friday from noon-8:00 or Saturday from 8:00-5:00 to avoid long waits.
What should I eat for lunch?
The key is to avoid any heavy food. Bagels, bananas, and peanut butter are good choices. A favorite of ONIE is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread. These foods give you both a carbohydrate and a protein that will give you energy throughout the whole race; energy that will last. Foods like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and fried foods can give you a stomach ache when you are active; not good.
What should I drink?
Drink water before, during, and after the race. Drinking water and staying hydrated are an important part of your race day. We will not have water for participants before the race, but we will have several water stops on the course and a bottle of water for you after you cross the finish line.
There is a big temptation to start off fast when the whistle goes off, and lots of people are around. If you start too fast you can run out of energy too soon. The best strategy is to pace yourself and save energy for the finish line.
What if I come in last?
The Harvest Hustle is a complete not compete 5K race. The goal is to have fun and be active. Throughout the course, we will have 5 different obstacles for you to try. For those of you who want to know how fast you are, we will have a time clock going at the start and finish. Remember to wear your finishers medal proud, you just beat the thousands who are on the couch on their Sunday afternoon. We really hope you are ready for a lot of fun with your friends and family.
What if I get separated from my friends and family on the finish line?
Create a plan before the race, and agree upon a place to meet friends and family after the race.
The Let's Get Midwest City Moving Planning Team will award the top 3 most festive families or individuals at the harvest hustle. But do not worry, there is no need to spend a lot of money getting a special costume. Fun, creative costumes are always the favorite! Here are a few hint on how to make your own:
Start with your closet.
- Do you have clothes on hand that you can turn into a theme, like green for a leprechaun or orange for a pumpkin?
- Do your children have some stockings and a big shirt? Blow up a bunch of balloons and pin them on to go as a grape.
- Tear up the legs of some old pants, and splatter some red paint onto a shirt. Add some face paint, and a ghoulish zombie emerges.
A good costume is often about being clever, it does not need to be a time consuming project.
- Old t-shirts can be shredded to make a decorative head band.
- Create a Lego costume by taping pieces of cardboard together; spray paint the cardboard to decorate.
- Add a tail to black sweat pants, and go as a cat.
- Grab anything in your closet that looks like the 1960s or 1970s, add a headband and go retro.
Yes, we will be giving awards this year! These are the categories:
- First person who registered
- Youngest participant
- Participant with the most life experience
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd largest groups or teams
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd most festive family or individual.
Also, you are invited to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to the Midwest City Food Pantry. Anyone bringing a donation will be entered into a drawing for a prize. There will be a bag in your packet to bring your food items to the race.
It is all about having fun and spending time with your friends, family, and community. We will have tons of encouraging signs and people along the course to help keep you on route and cheer you on as you finish!! Have a great time and enjoy the music, games, and activities at the Wellness Expo. We will be there to take your picture at the Family Fun Photo Booth. We can't wait to see everyone at the race on Sunday! Let's Get Midwest City Moving!