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2019 Race Number 2: River Road 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon (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 2nd race of 2019 was the River Road 5K held on January 5.  There was also a half-marathon and a 10K.  This event was the first race of the Scallywompus Texas Hill Country races, a series of 4 events. Location was in Canyon Lake, Texas, about an hour’s drive from where I live.  Anytime Fitness kindly hosted this event, giving participants access to the facility. Staggered starts for the races, with the half starting at 8:01 a.m., the 10K at 8:31 a.m., and the 5K at 9:01 a.m.  I arrived with about 20 minutes to go to the half start, got my timing chip, and wandered around taking a few before photos.


    Our music man, bundled up from that hill country chill early in the morning

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    It was a bit chilly - around 39 degrees - when we first arrived, but it began to warm up quickly, and mist was all around the nearby hills


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    Race Director Tony (left), MC Jason, and their lovely co-worker/organizer making them look good

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    Various participants, etc


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    Half participants getting ready to go

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    More participants, etc

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    This is my grandad!  Wink

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    Bernadette modeling the latest version porta-potty, lol

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    10K folks lining up to go


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    And then the 5K folks were left, waiting for their turn to start

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    Kind of chilly when I first arrived – around 40 degrees or so – but by the time the 5K start rolled around, the sun was strongly out, there was no wind, and the temp was a fairly pleasant 47 degrees.  All the courses were out-and-back, so for we 5K folks, since we started after everyone else, we saw the lead runner of the half heading for the finish, and a few other speedy half folks, and also saw some of the 10K participants too.  Matter of fact, after I made the 5K turn-round, for a few minutes I ran with a couple of people who were heading the same way I was, but they were finishing their 10K.   As this is Texas Hill Country, there were hills, but for the 5K, it was mainly one long-but-not-too-steep climb up and then back down it on the way back to the finish.  The 10K and half folks had a more hillier course than we 5K folks.  The road was open to traffic.  Most of the drivers were pretty polite about it, and there were police officers on the course, but a couple of them were pretty darn rude – one driver I saw even went on the wrong side of the road – going up a hill that had a blind curve, no less – to pass a driver in front of him who was being polite and passing we runners slowly and carefully.  Runners were coming around that blind curve, and I was happy to see this idiot driver did not end up hitting any of them, good grief.   Other than that, everything was pretty calm and friendly, driver-wise, from where I was at any given time.  I ended up with a time of 33 minutes-and-change, good enough for 3rd in my age group.


    This was pretty much the only hill for the 5K folks.  It was a 2-parter.  We got up this part, rounded the curve, and there was Part 2 of the hill after the curve

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    Guadalupe River behind us at this point

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    Half marathon guy heading to the finish as I am heading to the 5K turn-round point

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     Made the turn-round, now heading back to the finish on the right side of the road

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    Looking behind me.  That lady (red shirt) with the little doggie passed me and I never did catch up to them again, lol.   Speedy little dog and its lady finished the 5K about  5 minutes ahead of me.

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    About a half-mile to go...I stopped on the bridge and got a couple photos of the Guadalupe River

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    After that, nonstop back to the finish. 33 minutes and change, got 3rd in my age group.





    The motto of Scallywompus events is “Come for the race.  Stay for the party.”  They are not kidding either.  Scallywompus probably has the best after-parties of any other local race company.  Kiolbassa sausage wraps, various fruits and veggies, food truck on the premises, and an assortment of drinks including water, of course, and Alamo Beer, Vodka and if I remember correctly there was even wine.  After downing my sausage and with beer in hand – only enjoyed 1 since I was driving – wandered around getting some after photos and interacting with lots of friends.


    Finisher medal...and Alamo Beer....oh yeah


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    Two happy finishers and beer

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    I gave my finisher medal to this little one, so each family member would have a medal.  Hey, the kid did the course too, right?  Smile


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    Half Marathon finisher

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    Bernadette, first in her age group

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    I had a little nap, with friends holding me up, lol

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    My speedy friend Woody placed in the half


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    John M...75+ and did the half marathon and got an award

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    “Mr. Scallywompus” – my friend Bart – and his crew always put on quality events and this one was no exception.  The course was changed from what it was last year to a new course this year, and it is quite a nice course.  I think I like this course a bit better than the old course; a little less hilly – especially did not miss the ½ mile uphill climb to the finish on the old course, lol – and some nice views of the Guadalupe River along the way.  Very nice long-sleeved tech-tee race shirt; finisher medals for all; and age group awards went 4 places deep – or maybe it was 5 – and the walkers had their own category too, so they were not blended into the runner results, they got their own results and their own awards.  Kudos to our Race Director – and my friend – Tony Garcia who served as Race Director for this event as Mr. Scallywompus had to be out of town.  Tony and his volunteers/crew did a great job and iaapweb – in my opinion one of the top 3 local area race management companies - did a great job with the course, timing, results, etc.   Would definitely do this one again and would definitely recommend it to others.


    Mucho thanks to all the folks who made this one happen for us, including Anytime Fitness for letting us invade their space; law enforcement folks out there for us; all the race organizers and volunteers and sponsors; Canyon Lake residents for their patience with us on the roads; and anyone else involved I did not mention here.  Thank you all so much for what you do so we runners and walkers could have this event.

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