I have done hundreds of 5K runs, but none have been worse than the Downtown Dash.
Bathrooms? What bathrooms? Signs were up pointing to the Alex Theatre, which didn't open its gates until 7:20 a.m. The only establishment open at this time was Kinko's and the bathrooms were blocked off. Bathrooms are a must for runners and spectators.
The race. At the starting line, we heard a woman from the stage say “Go!”
We took off. However, upon making a left turn by Zinke's Shoe Store, the fastest runners in front were now walking toward Brand. Making a right onto Brand, there was another group of runners at the start line.