I have now reached an all-time high for races done in 1 year. My 76th race of 2017 was the DAV 5K held on Nov 4th. Please feel free to save/share my event report and photos located at the links below.
Full Report with Commentary: https://www.runningahead.com/groups/BF_and_Beyond/forum/Post/7a2a3eeea923431997b374c40c098be3#focus
Photos Only Slideshow: http://s166.photobucket.com/user/scottydog69/slideshow/2017%20Race%20Reports/2017%20Race%2076%20DAV%205K?sort=2
If you don’t want to read my commentary below, here is the link to the photos:
BEFORE THE START – I got to the event with about 40 minutes to go to start time and wandered around taking some photos. There was a dog-costume contest which was pretty interesting, seeing what the dogs and some of the people were wearing.
ON THE COURSE – We did a little loop in the parking lot and then onto the trails. Circled around the lake, another little loop through the parking lot – to make sure we had a full 3.1 miles – and then a second loop around the lake, and then turn into the main entrance of the park and go directly to the finish line. I really do not like running around in circles – hence I hate the track – but I had not realized the city really renovated this park a lot, making it quite nice, and the trail curved here and there around the lake – with some nice views of the lake too – so it did not feel like you were a white lab rat going round-and-round. I was very impressed with the park’s quality and would even run here again. I ended up with a time of 33 minutes and change. Did not place, as this was a pretty small event so my age group was 40 – 99, lol. Tight budget for this race too – and I get that; let the money go to the cause – so only the top 3 males and females got an award. Okay by me, I don’t expect to get anything anyway. If I do, well, then, nice bonus.
AFTER THE FINISH – All kind of vendors giving away stuff. There were these mini dog biscuits that PetSmart had – perfect for me when I run as they fit better in my Race Ready shorts pockets – and had one, lol…they actually were not bad, tasted kinda like a cookie! I am going to get some of those to carry when I run – for the dogs I meet, of course.
I have done this one a few times in the past; very nice event for a worthy cause; hopefully it will get more participants; and this was one of the only events done on this weekend Sunday; however, lots of locals runners are training for the San Antonio RnR Marathon and Half, so as we are getting closer – Dec 2 and Dec 3 are the event dates – lots of our locals are doing their long runs on Sunday now. Even so, all good, as said nice little event at a scenic little park. There was also a post-race raffle – I didn’t win nuthin, lol – and breakfast tacos from local eatery Taco Cabana. I would definitely do this one again.
My 74th race of 2017 was the Day of the Dead 5K. Held on Oct 28 at 5 PM at a local San Antonio Park. There was also a 10K. We had a cool front come in, so it was relatively cool, nice. Even so, the 10K route was right into the sun and they had a few hills. We 5K folks had a pretty flat course and shade along the way. I ended up with 33 minutes and change and got 2nd in my age group. I think we were the only two in our age group, lol, because the age group was 60 – 99.
After the event, there was a costume contest, some door prizes, and also lots of goodies like Kiolbassa Sausage and Alamo Beer – my favorite locally brewed beer. Mucho thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, timers, etc. all the folks that made this one happen for us.
Link to the photos
My 73rd race of 2017 was Brew-Ha 5K, held Oct 28 at Specht’s Store in San Antonio. Event benefitted Children’s Bereavement Center. Small event, maybe 100 or a bit more. There was both a 5K and a 10K. Course was out-and-back from the store area. Pretty darn chilly for we South Texans too, around 39 degrees at start time. Thankfully Spechts opened a couple of their outbuildings and there were portable heaters in there so we could all huddle together and stay warm until the start. 8:30 a.m. start time. I got there with about an hour to go, got some pre-start photos; then, as usual, did my run/walk thing and took on-course photos, and then some afterwards. I did okay, finishished 33 minutes-and-change, and got 1st in my age group. I was the only one in my age group, lol. So shouldn’t I have gotten 3 medals? Nice event, with post-race breakfast tacos, sausage biscuits, and 3 kinds of beer on tap…my kinda race! Photos are at the link below. You may have to cut-and-paste it into your browser.