Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Stampede For Steps 5k

Erica was the race director for this event and she did a great job.  She spent the last couple of months calling local business and asking for sponsorship – ended up getting support from Woodhouse, American Broadband, No Frills, Scheels, Fernando’s Mexican Food, Great Harvest Bread Company and RoadID.  I helped as much as I could, promoting the event, marking the course and finding a timing system to use.   We had close to thirty runners, with 7-8 signing up the day of the race. 

She even designed the shirt – and it looks AWESOME!

She called everybody to the start, gave some background about the Hall Steps Foundation and a little direction about the 5 kilometer course and we were off!  The course started off with a long downhill and was flat for a couple of blocks.  Then there was a sharp right turn and we went up a steep hill, then right back down.  I hung out in third for a while and moved into second at the first big hill.  From there it was flat for another block or two then there was a long gradual hill, with a steep hill at the top.  The water station was nested in a corner, right before another downhill segment.  That was pretty much how the whole course went, up and down hills.  Here is from an earlier time when I ran it:

There was around 400 feet of elevation change, which is a lot for a road 5k!  I never did catch up with the leader (Mr Craig Christians) and ended up second in 19:22. 

(bib #1 - very exciting)

The kids’ run was a lot of fun to watch, and I ran it with my nephew.  It was his first race, at 2 years old!  He even got a finisher ribbon to show off.  Here we are lining up at the start:

at the finish:

and receiving his ribbon:

We ended up raising a few hundred dollars for the Hall Steps Foundation, and nobody was injured or rushed to the hospital!  

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