Women’s Running Series Scottsdale 5K Race Recap


Women’s Running Series Scottsdale 5K

I planned on leaving Fridays night and spending Saturday and Sunday in Scottsdale, however, one of my children began coughing so hard, I though it might be better if stayed home and left Saturday morning instead. Poor little guy ended up being up all night, so together we had only a few hours of sleep Friday night.

After throwing together a suitcase, I headed out Saturday morning about 8AM for the 6.5 hour drive to Arizona. The drive out was uneventful and I arrived in Scottsdale around 3PM and went straight to the expo. It was an intimate venue full great vendors. Packet pick up was smooth sailing with plenty of employees to help out.




I slept pretty well that night and was up early to pack and get myself to the starting line.

The 5K started at 7am at the finish line of the half marathon at Tempe Beach Park. The park is located right along the Tempe Town Lake with some beautiful rail and pedestrian bridges bridges. The sun was rising and runners were started to show up. The weather was perfect for a short race: high 60’s and not a cloud in the sky.


The race staff had been preparing and setting up post race food and medals. They did an amazing job, for as large as this race was it was executed beautifully.



The race started right on time at 7AM. The 3.1 mile course went down along the river, up and over a bridge, along the other side of the river, and back over another bridge… a smooth loop around the river. It was beautiful! I haven’t run 5K in over a year, so I forgot how fast they fly by. Considering I was hacking up a lung (I caught my son’s cold) and I hadn’t done any speed work since before Boston, I was pleased with my finish time. Official time: 24:13

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And even more pleased that I was on the top 10 leader board:

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I loved everything about this race… Well, except that I was sick, but other than that it was so much fun. I loved Scottsdale, the weather was perfect, and this race was so well organized. I could not believe how amazing the medal was for a 5K! In my opinion, that is reason enough to do these races. Getting a nice medal makes me feel like I accomplished something special. This race was first class all the way! There is still time to sign up for one of their other races in St. Petersburg, FL on November 24, 2013 and San Diego, CA February 22, 2014.


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This was part of a paid campaign with FitFluential LLC and Women’s Running Series, all opinions are my own.

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Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Congrats, Lisa! Awesome time! And it makes such a difference to have a well executed race. I’m impressed you got a medal for a 5k- I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten one at a 5k, usually just a cotton tee that I’ll never wear. :)

  2. I’ve been dying to go to Scottsdale, it’s supposed to be just lovely!!! Sounds like it was fun all around! I probably should have signed up for the st pete’s one, just don’t know if my legs will agree to another race in a few weeks.

  3. Awesome! I LOVE Scottsdale, it’s so beautiful! I love the WRS as it was my first half marathon race here in St Pete!

  4. Great job Lisa! I wish the Women’s Running Series had an event near me. Sounds like they put on a fantastic event.

  5. Congrats on a super fast time! I ran the half that day. Such an amazing race! My friends and I had a blast.

  6. Looks like so much fun minus the cold and sick kiddo. I haven’t done a WRS race but would love to. As you know, I am all about 5k right now. Haha!

  7. Still so bummed that we were SO flippin’ close to each other and didn’t cross paths =(

  8. can i just say you win best mom award for staying till saturday? poor lil guy. and great job to YOU at the race!

  9. Bummer about the sick little one, but youre a great mom for staying back. COngrats on a great race and that is awesome placing too!

  10. Congratulations on getting 8th Lisa, what an excellent result! The course sounds lovely which always helps.
    I haven’t run a 5k in ages, but should do one soon because my watch said I ran my fastest 5k during my half marathon in the weekend!

  11. Congrats on a great race! I love, love, love Scottsdale! I’m sorry you didn’t have a chance to do the entire weekend on a more relaxed level. But it sounded like a great event.

  12. Sounds so fun and I love the look of that course along the river – a beautiful race route makes all the difference. Hope you’re feeling better and congrats on your top 10!

  13. Congrats speedy lady!! It sounds like it was a fun race but I do hope that you are feeling better and everyone at home is feeling better. Get some rest, OK?

  14. Congrats Lisa! You are speedy! That race sounds amazing! And a medal for a 5K? That’s awesome!!! I hope your cold is all better now!

  15. congrats, speed demon!! i love arizona! my brother and my brother in law both live there… in fact, my hubs and i may be heading there in a few weeks – i hope so! i sure could use some warmth!

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