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2019 Race 14: Harp and Shamrock 5K (Read 7 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.  Full report below.     


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    My 14th race of 2019 was the Harp and Shamrock 5K held on Mary 9 in San Antonio at South Side Lions Park East, part of the San Antonio ‘greenway’ system of parks.  There was also a competitive walk division for the walkers, to they got their own set of award, very nice. This race’s charity beneficiary was Marrow Match this year, an organization seeking marrow donors.  There was also a local animal shelter doing a dog adoption day too onsite.  I gave away a lot of doggie biscuits, lol.  This race is the oldest St. Patrick’s Day race in San Antonio and started out as “Donovan’s Run a few decades ago.   Nice park with off-road paved running trails and a man-made lake. Start time of 8:30 a.m.  With rain and thunderstorms that came into the area on Friday night, race morning on Saturday was dry, but pretty darn humid and the temp was already in the mid-70s by the time we started. I arrived at the park with about an hour to go and got a few pre-start photos.


    Man-made lake at the park that includes this fountain. Some nice views at this park.


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    With friend and Race Directory, Terry

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    Our MC who did a great job

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    Good job, Mr. MC!

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    My friend, Don and his lovely wife. Any spouse of a runner has to have a lot of patience, lol.

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    Various participants, volunteers, etc

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    My friend Carolyn, injured by still out there.  She did the course wheeling her scooter along with her good leg.

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    This is one tall Leprechaun!

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    My friend, Ralph.  Walking in his boots as he is preparing to do the upcoming "Bataan Death March" event in White Sands, New Mexico.

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    I think my friends Don and his wife, walk about as fast as I run.

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    Scouts were the Color Guard for the National Anthem

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    In the start area

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    Course was, as said, off-road paved trails in the park, with us going out one way past the park’s lake and coming back around the lake another way to finish. There was also a wooden bridge we crossed, going out and coming back. Course was mostly flat, with a couple of up-and-down inclines near the halfway turn-round point.  I ended up with 33 minutes and change, which was good enough for 2nd place in my age group of 65 – 74.  I guess all the speedy folks in my age group were doing other events, lol.


    On the other side of the lake now

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    We crossed a wooden bridge over the creek, so now we are at the stage of 'over the river and through the woods.."

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    Made the turn-round and heading back to the finish.  This was our downhill on the way out and our uphill on the way back.

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    Right after i was done, got a few photos of some people coming into the finish

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    Got back into my dry shirt that I had put aside before the race started and wandered around getting some after-photos. Lots of people in colorful garb, and there was a contest for best ‘green’ male and best ‘green’ female. There was even a contest for the dogs too, lol, which a fashion-sensed dachshund dressed in green won.  Post-race goodies included Guinness on tap and Kiolbassa sausage wraps, as well as various treats such as cookies and various snack foods. And a good time was had by all.


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    Found the Guiness!

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    Oh yeah...

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    BEST WISHES! My friends here told my my photo would be their first "engagement photo" since they just got engaged today.

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    This lady won the "Most Green Woman" prize.  She ran the whole course too in that outfit, wig-and-cape, on this humid morning.

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    Orange Beard guy was the Best Green Man

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    Age group placer

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    My friend here said this was souvenir hair from the last guy that annoyed her.  Note to self:  Don't annoy Gabby.  lol.

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    2nd in my age group

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    Ladies making me look good.

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    My friend here was first overall in the competitive walker category.

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    With friend Carolyn who completed the course, bum leg and all.  A bit dark since we were in the pavilion.

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    One of my favorite events of the year.  Race Director Terry and his volunteers always do a great job with this one. Nice quality race shirts and for the age-group winners, they got not only a medal but a pretty nice quality cap.  Really nice post-race goodies and a very nice race venue.  Will continue doing this one in the future and would definitely recommend it to others.


    Thanks very much to all the people who made this one happen for we participants:  Race Director, volunteers, bike leads, park police and EMT folks that were out there, and anyone else I may not have mentioned her.  Thank you all!

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

    Half Crazy K 2.0

      Looks like people had a lot of fun at this one!


        I love the fact that everyone dresses up. Looks like fun.