Beginners and Beyond

1

Report and Photos: Alamo Beer 10K and 5K (Read 13 times)

scottydawg


Barking Mad To Run

    INTRO

    I am Scott aka Scottydog aka Scotty Dogg, 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.

     

    SHORT VERSION RACE REPORT

    Held on August 23, 2015 at Alamo Brewery near downtown San Antonio.  This was my 40th race of 2015 and my 2nd race of the 22-23 Aug weekend, after having done a fairly hilly 5K in San Marcos on the 22nd. There was a 10K and a 5K.  The 10K folks took off at 8 a.m. and we 5K folks started our route about 20 minutes later. My legs were feeling that 5K a bit for this event, so I slowed down a tad, took an extra walk break to get more photos, and finished in 35-something.  My only suggestion would be to start both races a tad earlier.  8 a.m. start  for the 10K and 8:20 a.m. start for the 5K can be brutally warm and humid on a Texas summer morning!  7:30 and 7:45 starts maybe?  Just a thought. Other than that, great event!

     

    LONG VERSION REPORT WITH PHOTOS

     

    Before the Start

     

    Arrived at the venue about 6:45.  I am glad I got there early because the parking lot adjacent to the brewery filled up pretty darn fast, so some folks had to park outside of the grounds and walk a bit of a ways to the brewery.  I was actually able to park pretty close to the start/finish and activity areas, nice.

     

    After I got my gear on, it was time to take some pre-start photos!

     

    Welcome to Alamo Brewery!

     photo 018_zpsltcarhoi.jpg

     

     

    Rog in the 'infamous" yellow VW bus of iaapweb.com, the folks that did the course set up, timing, results, etc.

     

     photo 001_zpsfwqbhhi5.jpg

     

    There was a very nice 'waiting area" for before the races started

     photo 013_zpswmszbdgo.jpg

     

     photo 014_zpscmn2pi0y.jpg

     

    Nice view from the brewery of  a bit of the San Antonio skyline, including the Tower of the Americas

     photo 015_zpscuzzzeiv.jpg

     

    Historic Hay Street Bridge right near/above the brewery grounds

     photo 042_zpshxlc4uow.jpg

     

     

    Our music-man for the day

     photo 002_zps2yltdbgb.jpg

     

    Team RWB is in the house! I am lying in the front and, apparently from my 'model pose" in the first photo ..."I'm too sexy for my shirt..too sexy for my shirt..."  lol....  

     

     photo Sexy Scotty_zpswfwx70nm.jpg

     

     photo 027_zpsmr51mnrb.jpg

     

    Our MC and announcer, who did a great job

     photo 026_zpsbingturk.jpg

     

    iaapweb was there letting folks know about their upcoming October Friday night Day of the Dead 5K.....one very fun event!

     

     photo 086_zps0qgl4hlq.jpg

     

     

     

    Some of the participants, supporters, etc.   San Antonio chapter of veteran's organization Team RWB was represented well for this event.

     photo 003_zps5trild9j.jpg

     

     photo 005_zpsjosjwbsz.jpg

     

     photo 006_zpsfhyk7kjp.jpg

     

     photo 007_zpsfr9tga2y.jpg

     

     photo 008_zpskysbzrqd.jpg

     

     photo 009_zpsbuqfxntc.jpg

     

     photo 010_zpsz7kbwqpm.jpg

     

     photo 011_zpsqqzy4dyw.jpg

     

     photo 012_zps5olgufdz.jpg

     

     photo 016_zpsnpnbdmiy.jpg

     

    Bart, the founder/organizer of the Scallywompus events, with a Team RWB member.

     

     photo 017_zpsqjh5lqpc.jpg

     

     photo 019_zpsbre32eb5.jpg

     

     photo 020_zpsq1kw6r0v.jpg

     

     photo 021_zpsc5ovzjeq.jpg

     

     photo 022_zpspq68rq9u.jpg

     

     photo 023_zps6djfwrsd.jpg

     

     photo 024_zpsexcy6gws.jpg

     

     photo 025_zpsrsjfhim4.jpg

     

     photo 028_zpsjzdr9t8l.jpg

     

     photo 029_zpsmh7a4xvk.jpg

     

    The Alamo Beer brewery founder and owner - the guy who is responsible for giving us all that great beer! - with Bart

     photo 037_zpsl4x9miku.jpg

     

     

     

     

    10K folks waiting to start...

     photo 030_zpswdnctb89.jpg

     

     photo 031_zpshhm0r8ws.jpg

     

    National Anthem played...

     photo 032_zpsvc3zyvj4.jpg

     

     photo 033_zpshn17ie2x.jpg

     

     photo 034_zpsgvainyog.jpg

     

    And the 10K folks are off for their 2 loops

     photo 035_zpssmajhsk1.jpg

     

    Now we 5K folks had about 20 minutes to wait...as you can see, between the 10K folks shown above and the 5K folks here, this race had quite a nice turn-out.

     photo 040_zps3sahe5tx.jpg

     

     

     

     

     photo 036_zpsbexcmrz0.jpg

     

     

     photo 038_zpsriuzebjd.jpg

     

    These folks give a nice view of the Alamo Beer tech tee shirt that race participants got

     photo 039_zpsxctywk0s.jpg

     

     

     photo 041_zpsvxx3wcln.jpg

     

     

    On the Course

     

    The 10K folks did two loops for their course, the 5K folks one kind of out-and-back route.  Both races took participants over the historic Hays Street Bridge - one time for the 5K folks, twice for the 10K folks.  Finishing up, we came down the street of a local neighborhood, turned onto the street where the brewery was and then into the Alamo Brewery grounds to get to the finish line.   As there was a lot of 'out-and-back' going on along the course, the 'less speedy' participants like me could see the speedier participants coming back after making a turn-around point and lots of interacting with fist-bumps, high fives, low fives, cheering and encouraging each other on, as folks passed by each other on opposite sides of the road.  Made for a fun event abounding with lots of comradery.

     

    And we're off..this is about a quarter mile or so into the 5K...

     photo 043_zps7hy36jhn.jpg

     

    I'm on the Hays Street Bridge now, looking at the people below coming to the bridge

     photo 044_zpsnuipvg73.jpg

     

    And on the bridge....

     

     photo 045_zpsl4c9zcje.jpg

     

     photo 046_zpsixc86yes.jpg

     

     photo 047_zpso1a76gn9.jpg

     

     photo 048_zpszyiafzsz.jpg

     

    I'm off the bridge now and looking back at the bridge

     photo 049_zpsjrkiausl.jpg

     

    Near the halfway point, maybe just a tad under that...

     

     photo 050_zpsgx6458wl.jpg

     

    Heading up to a turn-around point

     

     photo 051_zpsqx77suyv.jpg

     

     photo 052_zpszoabi7wq.jpg

     

     photo 053_zpsfa0pv1pw.jpg

     

     photo 054_zpskqitweqk.jpg

     

     photo 055_zpsovgtkflu.jpg

     

    Made the turn-around point, now heading for the finish, with lots of folks coming toward me on their way to the turn-around

     photo 056_zpse8pwqyfo.jpg

     

     photo 057_zps6g4n7fob.jpg

     

    below photo...looking behind me...

     

     photo 058_zps3kr8d9c8.jpg

     

    Maybe about a little over a half-mile or so to go...

     

     photo 059_zpscypy06qw.jpg

     

    I am ready for my closeup Mr. DeMille (if you know that reference...you're as old as me!  )

     photo 060_zpspvtiphqu.jpg

     

     photo 061_zpsbaouxukp.jpg

     

     photo 062_zpsy5c0egsu.jpg

     

    After the Finish

     

    The post-race beer line was verrrrry long!

     

     photo 069_zpsgldutwlg.jpg

     

     

     

    So I got some water and wandered around for a while taking photos of "happy finishers' et al,  until the beer line got a little shorter.

     

     photo 063_zpsshgnfrcn.jpg

     

     photo 064_zpsm1v6yofx.jpg

     

     photo 065_zpsrp9wrcev.jpg

     

     photo 066_zpsdik3quhk.jpg

     

     photo 067_zpspncakqh9.jpg

     

     photo 068_zpsr6uv3beb.jpg

     

     

     photo 070_zpscg6uqvwr.jpg

     

     photo 071_zpspaujnys1.jpg

     

     photo 072_zpsrwrrafrp.jpg

     

     photo 073_zpszc9pcm65.jpg

     

    Pizza and Sausage-on-a-Stick to go with the beer.  Someone looks hungry. 

     photo 074_zpskl8ychil.jpg

     

     photo 075_zpsyf4lmfep.jpg

     

    Yay, got my beer!

     photo 076_zps4k04eewx.jpg

     

     photo 077_zpsvdgy5oad.jpg

     

    My pal, Bernadette, also did the same 5K on Saturday as me, and then this one too. Yes, we're stalking each other.

     photo 079_zpsb4jkfq2g.jpg

     

     photo 080_zps7ojaakny.jpg

     

     photo 081_zpsd5byi95w.jpg

     

     photo 082_zpsxymwcknw.jpg

     

     photo 085_zpsgikvqabq.jpg

     

     photo 087_zpsy87vnocc.jpg

     

     photo 088_zpsyxeqmg0l.jpg

     

     photo 089_zps4r4qp8jn.jpg

     

     photo 090_zpsu1e7fu3h.jpg

     

     photo 091_zpsvbzbe9ge.jpg

     

     photo 092_zpso4jgmszl.jpg

     

     photo 093_zpssoyirvpy.jpg

     

     photo 094_zpsnfl5nhi6.jpg

     

     photo 096_zpsqgoswiep.jpg

     

     photo 097_zps5jany8hv.jpg

     

     photo 098_zpsh2wg6k69.jpg

     photo 099_zps5n8uthaa.jpg

     

     photo 100_zpsk2uwsfte.jpg

     

     photo 101_zpsl9a9jgyx.jpg

     

    OK, the lady on the left must be an actual angel, because I tried twice to get her face 'out of the light"...but no matter what I did,  her face just kept on shining in both photos... a touch of Heaven, right? 

     

     photo 102_zpsdsfacovd.jpg

     

     photo 103_zps7vhaf228.jpg

     

     photo 104_zpsxbucbklp.jpg

     

     photo 105_zpsqw4stmm1.jpg

     

    Yes...I did have doggie treats for the 4-legged ones...

     photo 106_zpslwwu4liy.jpg

     

    Well, that is the report for this event.  And now I am 'on track" for my future events.... 

     photo 107_zpsjceqmhnw.jpg

     

     

     

    EPILOG

     

    Love the Scallywompus events!  Always a pretty nice turn-out with lots of great people, interesting - and sometimes challenging - courses, and lots of post-race goodies.  Bart knows how to throw a race party!  I did like the course this year better than last year's course...we only had to go over the bridge once and had less hills on the course this year.  Mucho thanks to all the law enforcement folks out there for us; and all the volunteers, sponsors, race organizers, etc., who made it all happen for we participants.  Definitely would this this one again and recommend it.

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

    JerryInIL


    The Wrong Team

      All  breweries should sponsor races.  So convenient to have a taproom at the finish line.

       Last::   Alamo 13.1         

       Next:   Fargo HM, Napa to Sonoma HM                   

      LRB


      Dreamer

         

        Yay, got my beer!

         photo 076_zps4k04eewx.jpg

         

        I'm surprised you didn't need a designated driver afterwards. lol