Griffeen Ireland Parkrun, Dublin, Ireland
So, not really a "race" but my first parkrun. I had signed up about a year ago with hopes of trying out the one near Orlando, but it's just too far/early for a 5k run. However, found myself in Dublin 3 miles from the nearest parkrun, so decided to try it out. The people were incredibly friendly and welcoming, so that was nice to see. To be honest, I was just happy to see people being active and outside. Seemed like no one bikes/runs/exercises very much in that country, so I was happy to see almost 200 runners for a local timed weekly 5k.
I had no idea how to run the course, so I had to stay back for the first loop with the second place guy just to get directions, but it didn't take away from the fun at all. In the end, I just wanted to do it- no matter the time. I wish I was here another week although- I'd go right for their course record.