2020 Race 11, Sauerkraut Bend 5K River Run

Photos are here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/kGe3RvPxb1Hx3hKK9

 BEFORE MY START:    My 11th race of 2020 was the Sauerkraut Bend 5K River Run held on Feb 23rd starting and finishing in San Antonio’s historic King William District. Race start time of 9 a.m. so got to sleep in a bit.  Arrived at the location with about 30 minutes to go to start time and got a few pre-start photos.

 ON THE COURSE:    We started near the gazebo in the little park at King William Park, made a left turn onto Washington Street, and then went down to the iron Arsenal Bridge, making a right turn to cross over the Riverwalk. Once on the other side of the bridge, we took the path down to the Rivewalk, went by the Canoe Club and continued down the Riverwalk, going past Blue Star, crossed over another bridge near Brackenridge High School, and then continued to our turn-round point on this side of the Riverwalk.  After the turn-round we went back the way we had come out.  Just before the Canoe Club, we climbed a short ramp to go back onto paved streets, then made a left onto Guenther Street, passing the Steves Mansion, then making a left turn to head back to the finish.  After a 5K on Saturday where I pushed myself a bit, for this one I just had a lot of fun with it and ended up with a finish time of 37:09 – 10th in my 60 – 69 age group – and probably killed my finish time, lol, by stopping several times when I was on the Riverwalk to hand out some treats to doggies who were out there walking their humans.  :p  All good though, really enjoyed myself.

After My Finish:   Got a few photos around the finish line area and then went in search of the goodies.  Found the beer and hot dogs, relaxed and enjoyed those and then wandered around getting photos of the happy finishers, volunteers, supporters, etc.

EPILOGUE:   This was the first time I’ve done this event but won’t be the last.  This is a really fun event with a scenic course, lots of folks in costume, and lots of fun people.  Really nice quality race shirt, a small finisher medal for all finishers, and jars of sauerkraut to the 1st place age group winners.  Also a costume contest in which the winner(s) got free entry into next year’s event. Really nice after-party too, with lots of vendors, beer, hot dogs, and other various goodies.  This after party was like a mini-Scallywomus party, lots of fun and lots of stuff, just on a bit smaller scale.  Definitely will be doing this one again, and certainly would recommend it to others.

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