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2018 Race 71: Hero Fest 5K and 10K supporting Firefighters (Read 3 times)


Barking Mad To Run


    I am Scott aka Scottydog aka Scotty Dogg, runner since 1983, cancer survivor – caught very early, so I actually had a fairly easy time of it - , retired Air Force, employee of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), friend of dogs, fun-runner, and all-around punster and 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.  My only goals for a race these days are finish everything I start, have fun along the way, and finish standing up with no ambulance waiting for me.  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 – unless it’s a mean dog; then the biscuit goes in one direction and I go in another.  Hence my nickname “Scottydog.”


    And a big thanks to for allowing me a “home” for my many many MANY race reports and photos.  Great site, free training log; calendars; running routes; maps; conversation forums for runners; and much more


    I don’t have great camera skills and take photos with a camera that is like me - old fashioned, lol - so sorry if a photo appears a bit blurry, etc.  However, they are free to save, share, etc.


    Here is yet another of my photo reports.


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    Full report below.    





    My 71st race of 2018 was the Hero Fest 5K on October 7 at Mission County Park in San Antonio.  There was also a 10K.  This event supports a fund that helps firefighters who have cancer.  This is a very popular local event and usually has a really good turnout.  Mission Park is a nice venue, a park along the Mission Reach part of the San Antonio Riverwalk.   Start time of 8:30 a.m., so I arrived a bit after 7, with plenty of time to get my timing chip and then wander around and get a few pre-start photos.


    Welcome to the Hero Fest 5K, 10k, and Kids Run


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    In memory of those no longer with us...


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    A travel bus was also there with this on the side of it

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    With my tye-dyed bearded old hippy freak good friend Don.


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     Various volunteers, participants, etc.


    Mrs. Claus and Santa took a break from preparing from the upcoming season and graced us with their presence. Here with a friend.

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    Firefighter Academy cadets


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    Tent of our MC Mark Purnell

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    Who was there doing his usual great announcing job

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    Getting ready to start.

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    There is a very scenic 5K/10K running route along the Riverwalk by Mission County Park but the trails are pretty narrow; so with the numbers this race has, the event was done on nearby wide roads for the safety of participants.   Both the 10K and the 5K were out-and-back routes and everyone started together.  I was feeling pretty good for this one and ended up doing a 34:06 chip time finish, putting me 5th in my 10-year age group of 60 – 69 men.  There are some speedy old guys in my age group, the first 3 placers all finished in the 20s.

    Black bib numbers were 5K people, red 10K people.


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    This was the overall 5K winner, who finished in 18-something.  Here already heading back to the finish.

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    This speedy kid was 2nd overall for the 5K.

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    I have made the turn-round point for the 5K and am heading back the way I came out.


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    Looking behind me.  The turnround for the 5K was right around that curve in the road.  The 10K folks, of course, went farther out.

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    We had a few inclines out-and-back, nothing you could really call a hill.  Some dark skies above too threatening to let loose on us, but Mother Nature was patient and it did not rain for the race or the post-race activities.

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    After that last photo, nonstop running for the last 1.2 miles back to the finish.





    Mission County Park is a great park with multiple facilities, including covered pavilions, plenty of restrooms, and even a kitchen building.  In a couple of the pavilions are these huge fans – called Big Ass Fans, lol, their brand name – and so a great place to sit and drink your water post-race and relax and cool down, getting that nice big breeze from these overhead big ass fans.  With Mother Nature once again threatening us with more rain – we had a mix of sun and dark clouds - the temp was around 79 when we started on the routes and it was VERY humid.   So that fan breeze felt great post-race.  After I drank my water, ate my banana, and got cooled down a bit, it was time for a cold one and wandering around to get some post-race photos.


    With friend Bernadette post-race..  Umm, is going...   


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    There you go.....


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    Our MC still going strong

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    The speedy kid who was 2nd overall for the 5K, with his family.  I smell future running scholarship for this kid.


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    Important guys...the beer server volunteers!

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    My speedy friend, Bill (left) was first overall Master's men for the 10K

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    Thank you, EMTs....riding the course to make sure all are okay

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    Three age-group placers...Bernadette first in hers, Don 3rd in his, other young lady first in hers.  photo IMG_0675_zpslfcab9cc.jpg


    10K age group winners

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    Terry, first in her age group and with her finisher medal too

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    Bill, 1st overall Masters Male...enjoy the helmet!

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    This is one of my favorite events of the year, supporting fellow uniformed "brothers-and-sisters".    Done for a good cause, always well-organized and at a nice venue.  The last times I’ve done this one the event was held at Comanche Park, another great park with great facilities, but this year it was moved to Mission County Park for whatever reason.  All good, Mission County Park is also a great facility too.  There were all kinds of post-race goodies for this one, including sausage wraps, cold beer and other drinks, funnel cakes, popsicles, various fruits, finisher medals for all participants, and more.  Nice quality race shirts too.   Unique awards for the first overall finishers for Men, Women, and Men’s Masters and Women’s Masters – a fire helmet which the winners get to keep.

    Mucho thanks to everyone out there who made this one happen for we participants; all the volunteers, sponsors/vendors and law enforcement an firefighters and EMT folks out there for us, and anyone else I may not have mentioned here who were out there for us.   Also, cadets from both the fire academy and police academy were present and those folks were pretty impressive and speedy runners.

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