Race #387 – Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run 5k – Milford, CT – 08/06/17

Here’s a race that answers the burning question, “What if we put ‘Ice Cream Run’ in the name of the race but didn’t have any ice cream?” That’s right. It’s a very pleasant race and there are a lot of good things I could say about it, but zero ice cream. I heard one of the volunteers say that if you wanted ice cream you could go to the Walnut Beach Creamery just up the road, but we decided to just skip the ice cream. I actually feel kinda bad complaining about the lack of ice cream since everything else was so great.


The race was in a beautiful setting along the beach, a nice course, and there was pretty good food that available both before and after the race. The weather was sunny but cool, so the free coffee before the race was especially nice.

It was a family affair for us! My daughter and son-in-law ran the 5k and both granddaughters ran the kids run. Linda was going to run too but instead watched the kids during the 5k.

This was the first time I had run a 5k after running a half marathon the day before, and I was surprisingly not too stiff or sore to run. Once again there were 10-year age groups, but this time around I was able to win the 60-69 age group with a time of 22:52. It was one of the few races over the past year that I ran without taking any walk breaks.


Despite the lack of ice cream the whole family had a lot of fun, and I’m hoping I can do this again in the future.


Race Number:  387


Race Name:  Walnut Beach Ice Cream Run 5k


Location:  Milford, Connecticut


Date:  August 6, 2017


Race Rating:  91


Winners (Top 10 Overall):



Course: Along the beach and through local neighborhoods. Mostly flat.




Weather at Start:  Sunny, 70 degrees, 9 mph WNW wind, 53% humidity.


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Almost 300 free pics of the race were posted by the Boys & Girls Club of Milford CT


My Stats:


  • Time: 22:52
  • Pace: 7:23
  • Age Group:  1 of 16
  • Overall: 34 of 404
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:50 (72.81%)



I ran the kids run with 6-year-old Ella… Took me a while to catch her!


3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
0 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

6 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
7 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
5 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  91



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