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Race Report With Photos: Leukemia Lymphoma Society Doggie Dash 5K (Read 43 times)


Barking Mad To Run


    I am Scott aka Scottydog, runner since 1983, cancer survivor, retired Air Force, friend of dogs, fun-runner, and all-around goofball.  In 2003 I had spinal arthritis flare up and ever since then I’ve done the run/walk method since it hurts my back too much now to run continuously with no walk breaks.  I’m on what I call my “2F Plan” which stands for Fun and Finish.  At events that I now do for fun I carry my camera, chase “Great Legs” to help motivate my slow old man self to keep moving forward, and take pictures before, during, and after the race. Sometimes I even get a nice post-race sweaty hug from one of the Great Legs ladies.   I then do a pictorial race report of my events.  I also carry dog biscuits with me to treat any dogs I may meet at a run, hence my nickname “Scottydog.” Here is yet another of my Race Reports With Photos, and my thanks to all the people I interacted with for their graciousness and good humor in letting me take photos of them.




    My 23rd race of 2013. LLS 5K (Lymphoma Lukemia Society) and 3rd race of my running week for this week:  did April Fool's 5K on April 1 and Brainpower 5K on April 6.  This one was held at McAllister Park, San Antonio, Sunday, April 7, 2013. Weather:  66 degrees at start time, 99% humidity, gaack!  About 60  - 70 participants.  A 5K at 8 a.m. followed by a 1-mile Doggie Dash at 9 a.m.  I finished the 5K with a time of 32:39 (11 seconds slower than my 5K on Saturday, April 6).  This was good enough for 3rd place in my age group.  Actually, I think there WERE only 3 in my age group, lol.




    Before the Start


    Got to the start area with about 30 minutes to spare and did my usual thing: pre-start photos.The folks wearing the green LLS shirts have on the race shirts participants got in the goodie bags.


    Me and a lovely lady and her cool dog, Chloe.  Now why is it I can remember the dog's name but not the lady's name? 



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    The lovely lady and Chloe

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    Me and #99 (his number reminded me of the show "Get Smart", lol)  do a lot of the same local races over the year


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    Others waiting for the start


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    Umm, is the Doberman trying to send me a message about taking his photo? 


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    On The Course


    Paved trails through part of the park, and then doing the last part of the course on a park road. Very flat course, except for one pretty small incline.  I think the winner did this course in 15-something. McAllister - the largest park in San Antonio - is a pretty park with lots of trees and also wildlife, especially deer.  If you are 'lucky" like me you might even get to see some deer closeup.  I've been running in this park for 19 years and have been knocked on my butt or 'brushed back" by them at least 20 times. I swear, they WAIT for me to show up - "Shh, shh! Here he comes!  Get ready..."   I must be their comic relief.



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    I was pretty much on most of the course with these lovely ladies.  We'd play 'leapfrog' with them passing me as I took photos, and then me catching back up and getting ahead again.

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    More course photos...


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    Got a finish photo of the 2 lovely ladies that I kept company with on the course

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    After The Race


    There were several post-race goodies, including a variety of bagels given out by this volunteer

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    "Camp Bow Wow" had a table there

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    Awards were in 10-year age groups.  Here is the 3rd place one I got for my age group:

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    Me and Bernadette with our placques.  My lovely and speedy friend Bernadette actually got 2, she was first in her age group and 2nd overall for the race.


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    "Agent 99" got first in his age group (60 - 69) finishing in 26-something, if I remember correctly.  Here he is with our 'favorite race model" Bernadette.

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    My bud, Gene, with his cool dog, Blue

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    Gene, Blue, his wife (Gene's wife, not Blue's wife ) Loyce, and their other dog, whose name I don't recall.

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    3rd place winner in the Doggie Dash 1-mile.  That is one speedy little doggie!

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    More "Happy Finishers" and Supporters


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    A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.   Nice event for a good cause, nice race course venue, lots of friendly participants, both 4-legged and 2-legged. There were also some nice door prizes (Road ID certificates, certificates to local food places, and so forth) - none of which I won for the 2nd race in a row for this weekend -  and, of course, I loved interacting with lots of the doggies there!   Would definitely recommend this one to my fellow runners.

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt

    Muddling through

      Looks like this one was tailor made for you.

      2015 Goals: Run IAT50K, run first 100K, and exceed 100K in a 24-Hour race

      Hip Redux

        Lookit all the doggies!  Love it!


        And congrats on your swag.  Big grin



          Nice race, Scotty.  Did the folks with the little tiny dogs end up carrying them?


          Skirt Runner

            AWWWWWW doggies doggies everywhere! Thanks for sharing, great pics and RR!

            PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:20:16 (4/13/14)


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              Congrats on #23. Lots and lots of furry friends at this one. Did you bring enough treats? Joking


              On shin transplant list

                AG AWARD!  Woot!  I mean, WOOF Big grin




                Bad Ass

                  Congrats on the AG award!

                  Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner, INKnBURN Ambassador


                  "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."


                    What a great race!  Congrats on the AG award!



                    Upcoming races:

                    Covenant Health Knoxville 5K 4/7/13 (and cheering on DH for his 1st Marathon!!)

                    Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon 7/21/13

                    Tower of Terror Ten Miler 10/5/13


                    Fear is a Liar

                      Good job on the AG award !


                      With all those dogs you gotta watch where you step!

                      I'm so vegetarian I don't even eat animal crackers!

                      YAYpril - B-Plus

                        Look at all the puppies! Aww! Great job Scotty and I love the pictures. The park was beautiful!


                        Barking Mad To Run

                          Nice race, Scotty.  Did the folks with the little tiny dogs end up carrying them?


                          Actually, no.  Some of those tiny dogs are darn speedy!

                          "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt


                          Barking Mad To Run

                            Congrats on #23. Lots and lots of furry friends at this one. Did you bring enough treats? Joking


                            No.  I put my car in the garage the day before for some work...and I forgot to take the treats out of the car! Sad  Oh well.

                            "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt


                              Doggy Dash pictures are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Thanks for getting all these adorable pictures, Scotty.  Congratulations to you on your AG award and to your friends for also placing.


                              "We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don’t like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. "  ---- Shasta Nelson