August 9, 2014
I discovered this race on a flyer that I received at another race. It uses the same course as the Watermelon series so I sign up for it. The race encourages everyone to dress up as superheroes and money from entries and such will be donated to fight the battle against bullying.
I didn’t dress up for this race but there were a lot of folks that did. There were a lot of Supermans, Spidermans, Wonder Womans, Supergirls, and Batgirls. Some of the costumes were elaborate and some were just t-shirts and tutus. It was great to see so many runners and families come out to participate for such a great cause.
I had to get my bib and my t-shirt the morning of the race. I walked back to my car to put my t-shirt away and then warmed up and stretched while I waited with the pack of runners.
The horn sounded and we were on our way. I have my intervals set to 1/1 and I am sticking with those for the most part. I do have to be a little careful though as there are many families running with their children and there are some stroller runners near me as well. I don’t want to impede anyone so I double check behind me before I slow to walk.
I have to say that the families that I passed and the families that passed me did such a great job of making sure their kids understood not to stop abruptly and such. It was great to see future runners learning runner etiquette. It was also great to see so many families running together. The kids seemed to be having a great time even though it was pretty hot (this race didn’t start until 8 so it is a bit warmer). I even wish I could’ve rode on someone’s shoulders like some of the kids I saw!
I finished the race in 36:55. When I finished, I got something to drink and then headed back to my car. It is hot and I have chores that need to get done; my yard still doesn’t cut itself. So, while I walked back to my car, I cheered on runners that were coming into the finish line area. It was great to see their smiles as we; myself and other runners walking by; cheered them to the finish line.