This is a late race review. The race took place on May 13, 2017 on Miller Beach in Gary, Indiana. Runners ran by the shores of Lake Michigan in the evening and were able to catch the sunset over the water. Beautiful run! But it was tough…
The race started out on the beach, and we ran by the water for the first 2.5 miles. Running in the sand is tough. It felt like I was taking a step back for every two steps forward. Each step runners had to deal with the issue of sinking into the sand before the next stride. I attempted to stay as close to the water as possible, as the wet sand helped alleviate the issue of sinking into the sand on each step.
After the first 2.5 miles, we ran off the beach an onto the road. The section between the beach and getting onto the road was exceptionally tough, since there was no wet sand anywhere, meaning each step was sucked into the sand, and runners had to pull their feet out for the next step. Once on the road, the going was easier. We ran on the road for nearly a mile, and then through the sand and back onto the beach to finish off the race.
The last portion of the race was the toughest, as we were eventually directed to the sand dunes. Runners had to climb a couple of dunes. The dunes seemed rather large, and it was made worse by the fact that the paths were made entirely of sand! 2 steps forward, 1 step back it seemed, all the way to the top of the hill. Running into the finish line was a special treat, as runners were treated with a fantastic sunset while they finished.
The Gallery Gallop 8.5K raised funds for this the Lake Street Gallery in their efforts to support the community of Gary, Indiana.