A few hours later, we continued westward to the WhoNELLville 5K for the final leg of the trifecta. To summarize the trifecta, the Selfless Elf was by-far the biggest event with more than 1,300 runners. As can be expected, the parking was the most difficult for this race but still not bad (we parked on a street near the start/finish area). There was also the most swag with this race–with the bags including t-shirts, elf socks, and many samples/promos. The finisher’s medal is made from a ceramic-type material with cut-outs for the wording.
It’s a toss-up whether WhoNELLvile or the Santa 5K was smaller; they were likely about the same size, but the Santa may have been a little smaller? The running community in Ithaca may be a bit faster and more serious, though. For swag, the Santa run had Santa hats and the finisher’s medals (they are wooden ornaments for a tree with a handstamped Santa on the front). The WhoNELLville run had a t-shirt.
Best cocoa of the day goes to the Selfless Elf, though to be fair, we didn’t try it at the Santa run. But the coffee in Ithaca was good (and we by the time we got to Hornell, we had already had four cups of coffee each so we didn’t try that option there)!
Best local decorations goes to the WhoNELLville, though that was enhanced by being an evening run. For the size of the race, WhoNELLville also had a good spread of food and beverages post-race.
Alternatively, the Santa 5K offered a hat decorating station in the post-race area that was available and popular with the kids at the race. By default, the Santa 5K also had the best clown. We tried to keep a safety margin so we can’t comment much further than that 😉
Our usual rundown (for the WhoNELLville) follows.
Registration Cost: This one also cost about $25, with the proceeds going to a local hospital. This race was also sponsored by Wegmans so hopefully most of that money will be seen by the hospital.
Packet Pick-Up: We picked up our packets about 30 minutes before this race start, too. This was quick and easy, although the ladies at the tent weren’t sure if we had entered the correct ages! We didn’t mind 🙂 We got our t-shirts and glow stick bracelets without problems.
Pre-Race: There were some emails sent with reminders about this race as well. The pre-race area had a tent with an announcer and Christmas music. It was getting chilly so they moved along and got the race started on time (if not a little early).
Course: This course goes through downtown Hornell and had volunteers at each turn. The course was mostly closed to traffic–and where there were intersections, cars were patient to wait for runners. It was dark by the time we were running, but there were enough street lights and holiday decorations to have it pretty well lit most of the way (neither of us had a headlight or other light and were fine).
Finish Line: There was an announcer at the finish line and many people around. The race results were being posted promptly.
Post-Race: There was a tent with with water, bananas, oranges, granola bars, and mini bagels that had been donated by Wegmans. There was also a table with free hot cocoa and coffee from a local coffee shop. The announcer waited until all participants had completed the course to do awards. We waited for this because Violet won her age group (and didn’t have to show her ID). The prize was a fleece blanket embroidered with the race name.
Weather: The temperature was in the 30s and fairly clear, which was nice with the full moon.
Apparel: Charcoal wore a pair of holiday leggings, running shorts, a long-sleeve Smartwool shirt, an elf t-shirt, a fleece sweatshirt, elf knee socks, and Saucony Guide 9 shoes, gloves, and a running cap with a Santa hat on top.
Violet wore holiday leggings, running shorts, a long-sleeve Redram baselayer shirt, a 1/4-zip fleece, an Under Armour running jacket, elf knee socks, a Santa hat, and gloves. For shoes, she–again–stuck with her Saucony Guide 10s (but wore Birkenstock clogs between races…).