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 runningahead.com 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.
Link to photos only:
BEFORE MY START
My 13th race of 2019 was the Krispy Kreme Donut Dash 5K, associated with the Run The Alamo 13.1, Mararthon, and 10K. This event helps support the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA, which services disabled children and their families. Having been born myself with a birth defect, races that support the disabled, especially children, are a personal cause for me. The race location was Hemisfair in downtown San Antonio, starting and finishing near the HemisFair Tower. Show time was 6:47 a.m. for everyone – so I was glad I braved the crazy crowds the day before to get my race packet, which took me about an hour in line – so by the time I arrived at 5:40 or so, there were already quite a few people there. The weather was kind of miserable, with it still being dark, a bit of a brisk wind blowing and some light drizzle. Even though it was 52 degrees, that wind made it feel a bit colder. I had on 3 layers for the pre-start time, and wandered around getting a few photos. My old camera does NOT like the dark, lol – even with a flash, so some of the photos may be a bit blurred...and I don't have the software to unblur them
HemisFair Tower in the drizzle and fog
Various Participants Waiting for the Start
Took me a while to get this beautiful dog to look right at the camera...and then my camera went whacko and blurred the photo - or probably just my camera skills. Apologies to these folks. Very nice people and very nice dog too. And yes, I did have treats with me.
A couple more blurry photos, sorry...
Start crowd ahead - Marathoners and Half-ers getting ready to go
National Anthem being played and a guy who carried the flag on his route raised it proudly
Apparently my old-time camera likes it better when it is light
Then again, maybe not
ON THE COURSE
All participants lined up together, with the marathon and half marathon people going first and the 10K and 5K folks getting their own start about 5 – 10 minutes behind them. For the 5K and 10K, we all stayed together at first, going out of the park and making a right turn on Alamo Street, which took us past The Alamo. Then left onto Houston Street and about halfway down that, a left onto what I think is Presa Street, but I missed the sign, so not sure. We eventually wound around into the historic King William District – full of old 19th century-built mansions and homes – and that took us onto a path down to the San Antonio Riverwalk. We were on the Riverwalk for probably less than a half-mile and then back up to Nueva Street, which took us back into HemisFair and to the finish line in the park. It was a nicely thought-out course, givng us a bit of downtown everything: a view of the Tower, the downtown area, The Alamo, the historic King William area, and the Riverwalk, very nice. I ended up with a time of 34 minutes and change, which was good enough for 2nd in my age group. It did not hurt my chances, lol, that the 5K had the smallest amount of participants.
Passing in front of The Alamo
On one of the downtown cobblestone streets heading toward King William District.
The outskirts of King William District
On the Riverwalk, near King William District
At this point, we were on the riverwalk on the right and went by this thing and then back onto the paved streets and then to the
AFTER MY FINISH
Got back into my dry shirt that I had put aside before the race started – helped me feel much warmer with that wind still blowing – and wandered around getting some after-photos. Also enjoyed the post-race goodies: Krispy Kreme donuts, chocolate milk, and there was also some loaded baked potatoes, and various vendors were handing out various treats too. Pretty nice post-race spread and there was also a pretty good music group standing on a building porch and playing for us. Results were posted on some nearby computers and we were told the awards would be mailed to us. I was kind of glad of that because I was starting to get a little cold; so after finishing my goodies and my photos, I went ahead and left to go and get a nice hot shower, change into dryer clothes and get home. Several of my friends were doing the half and full, but I just could not wait around that long, so my apologies that I missed y’all.
Happy Finishers, et al....
This was the start line/finish line. "Come and Run It" is a take-off on the "Come and Take It" flag that people in Gonzales made up; it flew at the first battle of the Texican Revolution, the Battle of Gonzales.
The 'gate' was also the finish line
My friend Alejandra was one of the volunteers handing out medals at the finish line.
Another volunteer at the finish line. Thanks!
Medal that the full marathoners got
And the Half Marathons got this one
One of my favorite medals...
5K and 10K folks got these round medals
Selfie - using my old time camera, lol - with friend
NBA Spurs Coyote was there
He was cracking me up, lol
Climbed the playground netting and banged the drum with everyone calling out "Go Spurs Go!"
Enjoying some of the post-race goodies..chocolate milk and Krispy Kreme
Nice place to sit and eat..this playground is designed to be child-safe with the special ground surface, and some very interesting items in it
More happy finishers, etc
This is staff members of the Children's Rehabilitation Institute. They put on a really good 5K in December, which I also do.
Nice, well trained doggie, lol
Our timers, results, and all-around organizers; two of the people who helped make it all come together. Thanks so much!
Music group playing for us
One of The Alamo character portrayers. Before the start there was a group of them that started off all the events with a musket volley
Some colorfully dressed dancers
Very nicely organized event – although that pre-race packet pickup was kinda crazy the day before the race. Bless the volunteers who were doing all that for their patience in getting it all done for us. I sort of wish the race organizers would give us a ‘mail to’ option – for a fee, of course. Shoot, I’d pay extra to just have my packet stuff mailed to me, and the race organizers could charge somewhat extra than the mail cost would be and that would be even more revenue incoming for the race and its benefitted charities. Maybe something for them to think about next year, and people who want that would have a deadline they’d have to register for the race by. Anyway, even with packet pickup craziness, it was all good; very well organized overall, the course I did was very nicely done, and nice quality race tees. I have done this one before and I would certainly do it again, and would recommend it to others.
Mucho thanks to all the people who made this one happen for us: our Race Directors, all the volunteers and sponsors and vendors supporting this one – especially those standing out there on the course for quite a while until everyone had passed by – and all the law enforcement and EMT folks out there for us too; and anyone else I may not have mentioned here. Thank you all so much for what you do so we participants could have this event.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt