Race Review: The Brooklyn Fair 5k

I love a fair! Particularly if it’s a good, old fashioned country fair. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a 5k road race as part of the longest-runnning fair in Connecticut. How perfect! A 5k, fair food, and livestock.

I signed up for the fair late, but early enough to get the early bird pricing. It was a great bargain – the race and fair were just under $20. We showed up on race morning and were ushered into a dirt parking lot. We were a little surprised to have to pay for parking. Another $5 cash allowed us entry into the parking area. Immediately across the street was a very long line, the line for pre-registered runners.

Brooklyn 5kAfter waiting some time in the line, we got our t-shirts (a surprise since we didn’t expect them having signed up so late), our fair entry wristbands, and race numbers. The t-shirts are attractive – yellow with a cowboy and some cattle printed on the shirt. We milled around the fair until the race start. The race began about five minutes late. This was, in part, due to the long lines at packet pick up.

The race exited the fairgrounds and moved to country roads. The course was really lovely. The race was run primarily along country roads with rolling hills and pastoral scenes. After about two miles on country roads, the race moved towards the fair. We entered the fair and wound through the fairgrounds. Turns were tight and the course on the fairground was  confusing. We made many, many turns and wound all around. It wasn’t my favorite part of the course and I lost a lot of time making all the turns. The course ended right in front of the bandstand. It was great to have the crowd support and the big bandstand feel. It’s worth note that this course was a fast course and a competitive group, but there were lots of walkers and walkers were welcomed. The race was professionally timed by The Last Mile Timing.

Brooklyn Fair Bandstand

After the race, we enjoyed the fair. This was a proper country fair, with livestock, canning and flower arranging, and critters of all kinds. The fair was good fun! We enjoyed the country fair.

Brooklyn livestock

Brooklyn cows

Plus, there was fair food! What’s not to love.

Fair food

All in all, I enjoyed the Brooklyn Fair 5k. It was a great course, and most of my group got PRs. We enjoyed the fair and had a great day!