Getting into a 5k for the first time is difficult. If you’re not used to the endurance, running can be very overwhelming and heart wrenching. Although it’s a lot to take in mentally and physically, there are many good things about running races!
When you’re on the road or on a dirt path, you’re in your own world. You’re out there and all you feel is that crunch of rock and dirt beneath your feet, the light wind on your face, and the smell of the earth surrounding you. The horn finally blows, and the running commences. Life just seems to go backwards as you rush passed all the trees and buildings. Your heart is pounding, legs burning, and eyes funneled into the direction you’re going. Some people run; some people walk. Some people zone out completely when they run, some take in every fine detail there is about the exercise. Either way, they find the beauty in what they’re doing.
Running, jogging, and/or walking in the Ober Uphill 5k is not like any other 5k in Tennessee. This is more like a bucket list race. Nearly 90%, if not more, of the race is uphill. With just a few flat spots within the entire 5 miles, the grade will challenge you beyond belief! The Ober Uphill 5k is excruciatingly hard, however, it is very possible to do.
Stephen Huskey, age 37 from Sevierville, TN:
Describing the race with having “expectations”, Mr. Huskey also states, “While this is a road race, it’s important to temper your expectations on your average road mile pace. A 12-minute pace is just fine; a 10-minute pace could be a top finisher-WAY different from your regular 5k.”
Huskey also ensures with enthusiasm, “Enjoy the ride! It will be tough, but take it all in. You might even see a bear or two, and you will definitely get the best views of Gatlinburg at the top. You won’t be disappointed!”
Matt Cohen, age 34 from Dandridge, TN:
Mr. Cohen describes the race as “woeful.” He also states, “I’m running again because it broke me last year, but I refuse to let that be my only experience on it. I want revenge this year!”
“Going in, I knew it would be difficult,” says Cohen, “but didn’t know how difficult (never being to Ober or on that road before), and after it was over I was bummed that it broke me, but impressed that I had completed it! Excited to tackle it again!”