Race Report: Prison Break Dash 5K

So, when we left off, I had just run the MC 17.75K with a crappy hip and lots of hills.  On Sunday, Little Runner and I ran the Lorton Prison Break Dash with some friends. It was his second 5K and was being held on the grounds of the old Lorton Penitentiary (now an arts complex).  Costumes were encourages so, of course, we were happy to oblige!

Packet Pick-up, SWAG

We arrived early enough to get our packet before the race.  They had the option of doing it the day before but I didn’t think it would be a problem – and I was right.  We received our packet in a re-usable cloth “back sack” (what the heck are those things called? It’s not substantial enough to be a back pack).  We also received a cotton race shirt (LR’s is waaay too big for him.  They didn’t have kids sizes even though the 5K is open to 7+).  We then went to the timing tent and received our timing chip (on a neoprene strap).   They had various photo ops with a line up backdrop and ball and chain, etc.


The race consisted of a 10K, 5K, and kids dash.  There was a slight delay because a Prius was blocking part of the course in the parking lot but we started reasonably on time. The 10K runners started first with the 5K runners split into three waves.  We were in the last wave, and that was fine.


The course took us around the complex, past the old guard towers, up two hills, and back. It was fun to run past the old guard towers and some of the old prion buildings.  It was a bit crowded in some spots when the stroller runners were acting a bit crazy and then the 10K runners, on their return lap, shared the course with us.   There was one water stop at mile 1.5 that we hit twice.  My 10K friends said that was the only water for the entire course.  Not great, considering it was pretty warm that morning.



The pain in my hip/back from Saturday was almost unbearable and it was hotter than we had thought it would be so I was getting a bit concerned about LR.  We walked quite a bit on the second half of the course but he perked up when we hit some shadows coming back into the complex and ended up finished strong.  Our time was 41 minutes.


We immediately found water and he was very pleased with the free ice-cream truck that was on site 🙂  I had half a banana but they also had PB&J sandwiches, granola bars, and fruit snacks.  There were a few other vendors but I didn’t see what they were since we had found shade and LR was too hot to move.  They also have free massages, which was a nice touch for a small race.


Family friendly

Novelty race

Good after race support

A ton of volunteers on the course

Quick timing results

Free pictures

Not as Good

The two way traffic on the course wasn’t handled well

Not enough aid stations for the longer course


This is a little race that grows a bit each year.  I give it a solid B and would do it again next year.





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