FAAP Fall Classic 10K – Race Report

The FAAP Fall Classic is a low-key race organized in the Pittsburgh area that benefits the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP). By low-key, I do not mean low quality but rather very friendly, like a good trail race rather a serious and competitive road race (like most marathons). Located in the North Park, the course goes mostly on trails, you have to run on roads for a small part of it. You have three options: a 10K run, a 5K run or a 5K walk. So, no reason for not being part of it!

Mark giving race instructions before the start
Mark giving race instructions before the start (picture courtesy of Fran Flaherty)

I did the race 2 years ago and at that time, I had an injury that made it almost impossible to run. It took me 1 hour and 6 minutes to complete the race at that time, which was also very painful. There was definitively room for improvement then.

The race starts at 9am, so there is no stress to get up early to get there. You also take your bib on race day and if you did not register, you can just sign up on race day. Mark, the race director, is very friendly and easy going.

That year was kind of special. Before the race, Herb Cratty gave a rememberance of Lou Lodovico, a strong runner that died at age 91. I did not know Lou but this gave me the opportunity to look up online who he was and his story is very inspirational (just look at his statistics on USATF – the dude was running 10 miles at 1:35 when he was 85 years old).

The start signal is given with a gong. The course itself is not too challenging, there are a couple of hills but nothing really crazy (only one might push you a little bit). It goes on the North Park trails, which are also well maintained. The course is very well marked and there are volunteers to guide you and show you the right direction. It is impossible to lose yourself.

Trying to put my ass and all the beers I drink lat week up the hill (picture by Grace Tabitha Lim Clark)
Trying to put my ass up the hill with an injured knee, heck yeah! (picture courtesy of Grace Tabitha Lim Clark)

Once you finish, there is some food and beverage available. Also, the post-race party includes a dance with kids from the FAAP. There are also bamboo medals for finishers in their age groups.

On my side, I finished the race in 47:33, 14th overall and third in my age group. Better than the 1:06 2 years ago. And being third in my age group was totally unexpected.

Should you do this race? Definitively! The race is not expensive ($20), well marked and support a good cause. if you are a new trail runner or an experienced mountain goat, this is a great opportunity to have a good time on the trails.

At the finish, supporting the Blerch. Picture courtesy of Mitch Radella
At the finish, supporting the Blerch. Picture courtesy of Mitch Radella

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FAAP Fall Classic 10K – Race Report

Pacing the Man Up Fathers Day 10K

I will be pacing the Man Up Fathers Day 10K on June, 15. If you are living in Pittsburgh and not doing anything that day, please consider signing up!

The run benefits to the Obediah Cole Foundation For Prostate Cancer. The course goes through the Strip and Downtown, this would not be packed on a Sunday morning and would be a nice run, especially on a Sunday morning! This is a very good cause, and I guarantee you will have a lot of fun. They have a 5K and 10K option, so, running or walking, there is no excuse for not joining!

 

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Hope to see you there!

 

Meeting Robin Cole before the Race
Meeting Robin Cole before the Race

 

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Pacing the Man Up Fathers Day 10K

FAAP 5K/10K: race report

At a glance

I registered to the FAAP 5K being held in Pittsburgh (North Park) in 2013. For this year, they had a 10K option as well, and registered for this one. The registration fees were $20 and this is supposed to support the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh.

They were a lot of people attending the event. For a local race, this is a very well organized event, with more than 140 runners ! This is a very friendly event also and the post-race activities are very nice with traditional food and a dance show.

The race itself is in North Park, close to Pittsburgh. The race itself is really nice and you run in the woods (not on the road). For those who do not know the Park that much, this is also a good opportunity to discover it, especially because the race is quite demanding but go in beautiful area. The course has some strong elevation but not so demanding at all.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Organization
  • Friendly, local race with nice post-party events
  • Affordable

Cons

  • For a race at this price and the current organization, I am still looking …

Let’s do it ?

If you are looking for a nice friendly race: go for it, you will have a lot of fun, either if you know the area or not. This is a 10K max, so, serious runners might not consider it. I think this is a good opportunity to support a good association and race with friends some trails and enjoy a nice trail. Finally, considering the price, this is definitively a go.

FAAP 5K/10K: race report