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.
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Full report below.
BEFORE MY START
My 24th race, and second of the April 27 – 29th weekend, was the Fiesta Fandango 2.6 miler. This is more of a fun-run than anything else as only the top male and female finishers get awards. This is a very unique event, however, as it is an evening run and participants run the course of the Fiesta Flambeau parade, the largest night-time parade in the US. This event was part of the Fiesta San Antonio, an annual 10-day celebration in April that has many ongoing events that help raise funds for local student scholarships and other nonprofits. Because of the parade, lots of street closures; so run participants park “uptown” a bit and then take shuttle buses to the start . Put on by the San Antonio Roadrunners, the largest running club in San Antonio, this event includes a costume contest before the start. The theme of this year’s event was “Reflections of Music Past”, so lots of the costume folks had music-oriented costumes. Keep in mind for the evening of the run and parade, the weather was a 'cool' 84 degrees, so some of these folks must have been quite warm in these outfits.
"Ozzie:" peeing near The Alamo
Right near the heart of downtown San Antonio, the run starts at Grayson and Broadway. The shuttle buses dropped participants off a bit down from the parade start and we then walked up to parade and run staging area. From doing this event for several years, I know we typically don’t start until a little before 7 pm – with the parade starting behind us at 8 pm – so while everyone waited, I wandered around and got photos of some of the parade floats and parade folks and of some more of the run participants.
Horses and carriages waiting for their start
Run participants waiting for the start
The official photographer and the Race Director
My friend here was quite popular with the spectator crowd, lol, as he walked the route...his nurse about to inject him....
My friend here, hip replacement earlier this year and already doing amazing things.
ON THE COURSE
A pretty simple route. Down Broadway, one of the city’s main streets, then a turn that took us up to Alamo Street where we passed in front of The Alamo. Right turn onto Commerce Street, the ‘main drag’ of downtown San Antnonio”, and all the way down Commerce to Santa Rosa, where we made a right turn and headed past Children’s Hospital of San Antonio to get to the finish. Of course, because of the parade, while participants are running and walking, there are literally THOUSANDS of spectators waiting for the parade to start. So we participants get quite a rush from all these folks cheering us on as we do this route. They get quite interactive with us too, lol, throwing out confetti, cascarones (hollow eggshells with confetti inside), giving us high-and-low fives as we move along…it is just 2.6 miles of total fun. Not only some of the participants were in costume, some of the spectators were dressed pretty crazy too, making it all the more fun. I ended up finishing in 29:18, stopping along the route at various points to take a few photos.
On Alamo Street
Down Commerce Street
My friend wanted a close-up, lol
On Santa Rosa Street after I finished...others coming into the finish area
AFTER MY FINISH
My friend waiting for his wife to finish
Getting a quick rest after finishing
Nice post-race party that included cold beer, water, and various other drinks, as well as popcorn and some various fruits. DJ music playing and everyone just enjoying themselves. Bob Ratliff, a long-time Roadrunner, was our MC, doing his usual great job as he has done for many years for Roadrunners events. I wandered here-and-there, enjoying my beer and chatting with friends post-run, and also, of course, getting some more photos.
Probably the FUNNEST run of the year. I have been doing this one since the mid-90s, shortly after I arrived in San Antonio and ended up staying here after I retired from the Air Force. This one is definitely a keeper. Unique race atmosphere, lots of fun-loving participants, interaction with spectators, closeup look at lots of the floats before the parade starts, and more. This one is definitely a keeper EVERY year on the race calendar.
Mucho thanks to everyone out there who made this one happen for we participants: our race director and her many volunteers; all the sponsors and vendors; law enforcement and EMT folks out there for us, 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
That does look like a lot of fun. I always look forward to your Fiesta races.