2017 Races

Zero Prostate Cancer - Harrisburg, PA:  9/22/17
​It has been warm for the end of September and this race, on a Friday evening, was in the 80's at the start.  It was a nice course and relatively flat with two exceptions.  It started on City Island, by the baseball stadium.  Went for a short loop on the island and then over a foot bridge toward downtown Harrisburg.  At the end of the bridge we took a sharp right down an incline (which we had to come back up at the end) to go along a concrete path by the water.  About mile 2 we went up an incline to do a short loop in a park and back down the same incline to follow the same path back to the incline to the bridge.  The race ended just over the bridge back on City Island.  At about the 2.5 miles point I could hear Ed playing his bagpipe as people were finishing. It was really hot and I was really slow.  When he saw me coming over the bridge he started playing my favorite tune.  He then walked me to the finish line and back to where the food was.  I needed to sit, so he went and got me a banana and a slushie.  They had a nice variety of food, but I wasn't feeling too hungry at that point.  I even won a raffle for a salad a month for a year from Panera. 

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Navy 5 miler:  9/17/17
​This is the thrid year doing the Navy/Air Force race.  I met up with my race partner from 2016's Baltimore Running Festival half marathon and some of her family.  Her husband, a niece two cousins and one of the cousin's husbands all did the 5 miler, although Therese and her cousins and I did the 5 miler.  We were absolutely last.  From about the first half mile on we had a police car behind us followed by an ambulance and a pickup truck with the guys who were cleaning up the race course behind us.  I regret not getting a picture of the entourage.  When one of us stopped to use the port-a-potty the entourage stopped and waited.  I wasn't even sure if I could do the race.  I'd been doing a new inhaled antibiotic which was causing my lungs to feel very tight.  It was nice to have the company.

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ABC7 Gibbons 3K:  6/15/17
​We were in Chicago for a pipeband competition on the 17th.  I found this race, a 5K and 3K raising funds for Leukemia research.  Ed ran the 5K and I did the 3K.  We had already walked close to 10 miles by the start of the race, and the 6:30pm start time was warm and in the sun.  It was a nice course although I almost got taken out by a bike.  Some of the sidewalk seemed more like an obstacle course than a safe running surface.  This was a great race overall though and a nice way to enjoy our first day in Chicago.

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Boulder Rez 5K:  6/4/17
​This event was more of a stroll than a race for me.  The altitude in Boulder was a challenge just walking around the town.  I could feel the difference and had to wear my supplemental oxygen 24/7 while out there.


I did debate on moving from the 5K to the 10K.  I probably would have been fine with the 10K and even with a slow walking pace would have finished well before the cutoff time.  I decided the 5K was the smarter option.

The reservior was beautiful, with snow capped mountains in the background.  This race was my 12th new state.

One of the best parts of this trip was the Run The Year people I met including those that make Run the Year possible.
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