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Race Report with Photos: CACCC Mardis Gras 5K (Read 75 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 16th race of 2013.  Held in New Braunfels TX, about 30 minutes from San Antonio.  Event supported Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County (CACC) - <cite></cite> - for the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. 186 participants on a  cloudy wet day of about 62 degrees at start time,  86 percent humidity, passing showers, and a pretty stiff wind blowing at times.  Start and finish in the Creekside shopping center area.  The course was pretty flat roads that went partly through the shopping center area and partly on roads around the shopping area.   I ended up with a time of 32:24, chip time of 32:07.




    Before The Start


    C'est moi!  Your host for this report on a cloudy, wet, windy, day.


    Goodies being set out for post-race


    Registration volunteers


    Shirt hand-out volunteers, with one of them showing the race shirt participants got.


    Another of our great volunteers out there for us


    My Senior Citizen buds, Luke (79 years young) and Ed (green shirt, 80 years young) still going strong!


    Luke and another running bud of ours, Bernadette.  Luke was a bit cold so actually ran the whole 5K wearing his jeans instead of peeling down to his running shorts.


    More participants and supporters awaiting the start
















    Getting ready to start



    For most of the first half of the course we were heading right into a wind blowing about 15 - 20 mph, with occasional rain spitting on us, but nothing heavy, thank goodness.  When we headed back to the finish the no rain and no wind but without the wind we really felt how humid it was out there. The roads were pretty much "open" with no housing or other scenery around, except for some type of building under construction.









    Heading back to the finish



    These 2 young ladies, in front of me at this point on the course,  did great.  I was pretty much around them for most of the course.  They'd pass me, I'd pass them, they'd pass me, and so it went.  They ended up finishing just a tad behind me.








    Happy Scottydog finisher!


    Even happier, with post-race beer and sausage wrap!


    Me and Bernadette


    Bernadette and Ed...


    ...who both won Age Group medals


    Even running in jeans, Luke got an Age Group medal also


    Me and the 2 young ladies I played 'leapfrog' with on the course


    The young ladies with their lovely older "sister"



    "Happy Finishers" and supporters enjoying the post-race festivities that included music, all those pastry goodies, lots of various drinks, sausage wraps - so many sausage wraps, in fact, that they announced for everybody to take some home with them...and they sure were good too!  Compliments to our grilling chef!






















    "Brother of Flash" in the yellow suit actually fell on the course and got a bloody knee, yet still managed to go fast enough to get an Age Group award.




    Considering there were 3 other races this same day in the San Antonio - New Braunfels area, this event got a nice turn-out and, in spite of the weather, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.  Not a scenic course, but a very nice flat course, and a good course for a PR on a nice day, for those attempting a 5K PR.  Outstanding support from  our volunteers, our traffic control police officers, our grilling chefs, and 'goodies' folks, the music guy, awards guy, etc.  Would definitely recommend this one to my fellow runners and definitely plan to do it again in the future.

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

    Bin Running

      Outstanding RR as usual.. Loved all the pics..

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      2XU HM - 29 Mar

        Scotty - next race you need to wear one of those yellow man outfits like that one dude.  Enjoyed the RR as always.

        “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot


          Love your race reports.  I can almost quit running and just live vicariously through your reports.


            Great race report and race, Scotty!  Loved seeing all of your pictures.



            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

            Not in MI anymore

              Scotty, great story & pictures, as always!

              My goal is to someday run in jeans & still get an AG award.



                Pics look like home.  Thanks for sharing as always Mr. Scotty Smile








                  Thanks for the great RR.  They only put bagels and fruit out for 5k's around here.  Your stuff looks a lot better!

                    Guys in full-body tights are a little creepy.


                    Other than that, great pics and report as always Smile

                      Great pics as always. Looks fun.

                      Jack K.

                      It writes upside down.

                        Well done, Scotty. I especially like the matching shirt, shoes, and socks!!


                          Great report as always Scotty!  Big grin


                            Such a fun report, Scotty! Thanks a lot for sharing! Great pictures as usual! (but I agree with Shirfan that men in full-body tights are

                            PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                                    Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

                            18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010

                              Such a fun report, Scotty! Thanks a lot for sharing! Great pictures as usual! (but I agree with Shirfan that men in full-body tights are




                              As usual, an awesome RR and I love how you do the photo-journaling of the race. BTW, that is probably one of the most "un-scenic" race courses I've ever seen in your race reports - ughh.

                              Train smart ... race smarter.


                              Smaller By The Day

                                For a Mardi Gras themed race, the pictures are more family friendly than I  As usual, I'm impressed at the times you put up while stopping for pictures, etc.


                                Weight 100 pounds lost

                                5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

                                10K 48:59 April 2013

                                HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

                                MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013