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Report and Photos: 4th of July Popsicle Run 4-Miler (Read 28 times)

Barking Mad To Run


    I am Scott aka Scottydog, runner since 1983, cancer survivor, retired Air Force, employee of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), 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.


    The Stats

    My 39th race of 2014

    Races held:  4-miler, 3K event, and a 1K fun run for the kids

    183 finishers for the 4-miler

    My finish time:  46:27


    Before The Race


    Held in Kyle, Texas, about an hour's drive from San Antonio.  I was up quite early - 4:15 a.m. - and hit the road by 4:45 a.m. to give myself plenty of time in case I got a bit lost going to the race site.  However, the person who advised me of the location gave me great directions and so I was there about an hour before the 7 a.m. start time. After getting my goodie bag and putting on my bib, I wandered around getting some pre-start photos.  Since I was there so early it was still a bit dark when I began taking them.



    Our timers from AthleteGuild


    Getting the food ready for afterwards


    Registration volunteers



    Participants et al...pre-start















    Getting ready to start




    The course started and finished at a local elementary school.  The route was through a very nice neighborhood area near the school.  A few of the residents were even out in their yards cheering us on.  For most of the route, I was pretty much near my friend, Rich, and near Daisy The Dog (a greyhound) and her human.  Along the route there were 'color stations" where you could move right on the course if you wanted color and get sprayed with one of those color-pack thingys.  Personally, I'm not into getting the color - and that stuff makes me sneeze like crazy - but those who did run through the color stations seemed to enjoy it.  Also, it was very well done, giving the participants the option of getting or not getting the color.


    I'm following Rich in his flag shorts








    Uggg, these next few photos came out blurry because I didn't realize how much I was sweating on my lens and forgot to wipe before taking the photos


    Daisy and her human


    One of our course marshals....since she's a marshal, I protected her identity....


    We're over half-way done now






    One of the color stations..



    Thanks for the water!  And Daisy appreciates it too


    Dang!  No wonder I'm tired...I thought this was a 4-mile race!     Actually, this was the 3-mile mark.  One of the race organizers warned us pre-race this 8-mile sign would be here for the 3-mile mark because after the course was prepared on Thursday night, it got 'vandalized" with some of the signs being damaged and/or stolen.  How sad is that?


    About a half-mile or so to go now, as we pass our last water station and its volunteers







    As we headed toward the finish I began to catch back up to Rich. I was nearly on him when this dog in a yard nearby started barking excitedly as I came up to him, so I stopped to give him a treat and thank him for cheering me on - - and then chased Rich again, but couldn't quite catch him.   He finished 44 seconds ahead of me for 4th in our age group and I was 5th.   I told him about the dog and he jokingly told me "Yeah, I paid the dog to get your attention...Woof...Scottydog...Woof!"   lol.


    After The Race


    Me and Rich, happy finishers


    And there were popsicles post-race (hence the race name); Red, white, and blue me, enjoying a red, white, and blue popsicle


    Our Popsicle Lady



    "Happy Finishers" et al....some of them quite colorful...













    My speedy pal, Bernadette, who does just about as many races as I do in a year (80 races done for her last year) but she actually RACES her events and places in her age group in just about every one of them.




















    This may become my local area race of choice for the 4th of July, it was quite a fun event.  Really nice course, nice post-race goodies, lots of really friendly people.  Nice quality race shirt with an amusing logo on it:


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    All in all, a very fun event to do.  Hope they continue this event in the future.


    Next up for me:  Veteran's Victory 5K on July 5, 2014 and Free-Da's Run For The Arts 5K on July 6, 2014.

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


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      Another friendly Texas race.  Didn't know there was a female "Scotty".  Does Bernadette post here?



        Daisy and her human?  lol


          I don't think I have taken that many pictures in my life. Smile

          Nice report, I enjoyed it. Nice pictures Smile

          Barking Mad To Run

            I don't think I have taken that many pictures in my life. Smile

            Nice report, I enjoyed it. Nice pictures Smile


            I do tend to get carried away with the camera, lol. But people seem to enjoy it.

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


              Leave it to Scotty to do a color run and avoid the color. But congrats on another fun event!


                Nice RR!



                  I'm reading all your reports in reverse order, but congrats on all 3!


                    Stop sweating on your lens!  I always think it's blurry because it's a hot and humid day. But then, if you're sweating like that, I guess it really was a hot day... Congratulations, Scotty! Another great RR and I always enjoy seeing beautiful Bernadette. 

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

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

                    18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010


                      Glad you had a nice race!  Congratulations to you, and Rich and always speedy Bernadette.  I think every race should serve popsicles at the end.


                      "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