4 May 2013 was the second ever Nike She Runs the Night in Sydney. The race last year was 13km but was brought down to an even 10km with an adjusted course that was thankfully less like running spaghetti than the 2012 course.
The race packs for the event had to be collected in person a few days before the event from the Nike She Runs pop up store near the Broadway Shopping Centre – convenient for me, but not that easy for people outside Sydney. Race entry is relatively steep at $85 but does include a quite swish top, and a metal water bottle at the end of the race. Useful race goodies are the best! Enough medals and shoe bags already. You could also pay $195.00 which would have included race entry, the singlet or tee and a pair of new shoes. which will get you a top and a choice between three different pairs of shoes – cheap way of getting new runners if Nikes work for you.
There were three pace group based starts and you self allocated into them with fastest being cheetah, next being lioness, and slower being tigress. I chose the cheetah which seemed overly optimistic, but ended up working out quite well.
This is only the third night race I have run, it’s hard to work out your fuelling and getting ready strategy but I found a late lunch then an afternoon english muffin with banana and PB hit the spot nicely.
The set up in Centennial Park was pretty impressive, the shirts glowing in the dark, the lights everywhere guiding you to the bag drop and stage area and the brightly lit tunnels set up for pre-race selfies. Bag check worked smoothly with paper wrist bands allocated with numbers to identify bags. All runners had wrist bands that flashed when it was your group’s turn to head to the start – no bibs either, just shoe tags. The Late Minute stand had hair ties and glow sticks and other handy things you might need before the race.
The run itself was pretty smooth, not much of a crowd about, relatively regular water and gatorade stations. Most of the course was bright enough to see where you were going and avoid any trip hazards, there is also a kind of magic about running through a park at night with thousands of other women. The course decorations of giant flares, fairy lights and fields of glowing dots were pretty great too.
Time ended up being a PB – first time I’ve run a 10km race though so this was guaranteed! The lovely Veggie Patch Van at the finish for a vegan burger was the icing on the cake.