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Report and Photos:Smithson Valley High Watermelon 5K (Read 6 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.”


    Here is yet another of my photo reports.


    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!




    My 39th race of 2016 was the 'Melon Run 16 5K held at Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas, a short drive from where I live.  This event supported the running teams at Smithson Valley High School.  Arrived on site with about an hour to go to start time and began taking some pre-start photos



    I have arrived! 

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    Welcome to Smithson Valley High School stadium

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    Our course set-up and timing folks from Athlete Guild, who are father and son.

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    Color Guard in wait for the National Anthem

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    Race Day Registration volunteers

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    Race Director Brittney and one of the high school runners.

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    Various participants, volunteers, supporters, etc


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    Getting the watermelon slices ready for post-race....all you can eat watermelon after the event.

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    Our Music Man


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    I think this is her little brother.  She told me son;  yeah, okay...they don't look that far apart in age.. 


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    We began with a 'x-country start" by running down the football field, one end to the other, and then it was out one of the gates near th track and onto paved areas around the high school, with a couple of off-road parts on the course including - as I told my friend Karen, when she asked if there were any hills - just this 'wee bit of a hill, off-road (1st photo below)" and I also had told her that was the only one  (I lied; there were 3, lol).  We made a loop on-road and off-road around the campus, finishing back up at the stadium.


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    back onto paved can see n the background some folks still on the hill on the off-road trail at the top of the photo


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    A little under a mile to go from where I saw this course volunteer

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    After that, it was back to the finish nonstop.  I really thought I was going to finish in 35 - 37 minutes, but I surprised myself, finishing in 33:52, good enough for 1st in my age group....there were actually only TWO in my age group, lol.


    After a cool-down walk and getting some water inside me, it was off to take post-race photos.





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    The other guy in my age group - and we are both survivors.


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    I thought this was funny, when I asked someone to take this photo of us....we got 3 pairs of Great Legs! 

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    And here we are!  Me, my fellow age group guy, and the lovely RD, Brittney


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    I just seem to have a knack for finding the pretty ladies and making myself look good..  


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    The lovely X-country coach (I think that's who she is) and some of her team

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    Me and my friend Karen post-race....she survived the hills...

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    1st in Senior Men division and the award was a watermelon (I am one of the few people who actually don't like watermelon, so ultimately one of the younger kids go to take it home)


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    Yet another 'brother-sister' team.. 


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    That is one tall tall, he had a 'halo of light ' around his head...


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    Brittney and her team of runners.


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    WHAT A NICE EVENT!!  This is the 4th time this event has been done and I think I've done 2 of them...maybe 3...hey, I'm old, my memory ain't what it used to be.     One of the friendliest events ever, really nice people all over the place, both running with on the course and chatting with before-and-after.  Class act Race Director in Brittney, an attractive lady with personality to match.  Very well organized and efficient event, with a nice course - a bit challenging in places, lol, but that's okay;  very unique 'watermelon awards, so you can get your award and then eat it, lol; and a post-race raffle with some nice door prizes too, like a gift certificate to iRun Texas and a really nice coupon - I think it was around $100, maybe more - to a local store, and so forth.  I won NADA in the raffle...mainly because I was helping with the raffle, lol, along with Karen. per Brittney's request - we called out random bib numbers on Brittney's prompt and then she gave the prizes away.  All fun and good times, very enjoyable.  Definitely will keep this event on my race calendar in the future!


    Mucho thanks to the folks at Smithson Valley High for their hosting hospitality and organizing the event; and much thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, etc., all the people who make this one happen each year for we participants.

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