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Report and Photos: Donovan's Run St. Patrick's Day 5K (Read 23 times)

Barking Mad To Run



    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.


    My 11th race of 2014, held on March 14, 2015 at University of the Incarnate Word.  8:30 a.m. start time, about 58 degrees,  low humidity and low dew-point, lots of blue sky and bright sunshine, a really beautiful morning.  Nice turnout for this event, considering there were about 3 or 4 other local area races held this morning too.  I ended up with a gun time of 35:04, chip time of 34:34 .  I did not place at all in my age group (60 - 69), the first five folks in my age group were all 30 minutes and under, sheesh; some speedy old men out there today! 




    Before the Start


    The race shirt participants got, nice tech tee, very nice design - from my pals at Huarache Turbo Shirts..

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    Arrived with about 40 minutes to go to start time.   Event was held on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word, a very nice local university, with the team name of Cardinals.


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    These two officers were out there on duty for us today...thanks guys!

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    Our Race Directory, Terry, in his "Braveheart" kilt pose.....

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    Some of the participants, volunteers, supporters, et al.


    The lady on the far right, my friend Catherine, is owner of local running store Run Wild..and her dog, Emma, is one of my pals.  The lady to Catherine's right, another friend, is Catherine's "sister".  She has a very good race coming up next month, the Fiesta Especial 5K, held during Fiesta San Antonio time.

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    My friend, Bob, on the far right.  Great guy, great sens of humor!  I think the movie "What Are We Going to Do About Bob?" was based on his life.... 

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    My friends from the Brak Pak....with Sally wearing her Green Bay Packers color leggings....

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    OK, this kid in the front made me look bad on the course  ...he'd stop for a bit, run again...and kept passing me.  Finally I never saw him again...I think he beat me into the finish line quite handily.   He's a speedy little fellow!  Congrats!

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    Darn, this one came out a bit fuzzy...these ladies are actually quite more lovely than my poor camera skills can portray

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    Lot of green at the start area, as we get ready to go...

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    On the Course


    Today was a different 5K route than the usual 5K route done on this campus, probably because of some ongoing renovations at the university.  It's not a bad course at all, but a bit narrow near the start area for a crowd.  Finishing was no problem as we were all spread out by then.  And this course took us onto the university's stadium track for a bit, which was interesting.  I did not mind doing this course at all but, personally, I like the older course a bit better as it is a bit 'roomier", allowing everyone to spread out a bit more.  Even so, this course was okay too, and I did not see anyone where I was at any given time getting knocked down, impeded, etc.


    Part of the course was on some of the back woods trails on the campus;  very nice in here.

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    Where's Waldo?  Find all the runners in green among all that green... 


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    We did an out-and-back on part of the stadium track, which equaled almost a full 2 laps around it.

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    After doing our thing on the track, we eventually ended up on the other side of that red boundary banner on the left.

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    Back the way we came and ended up back on the wooded trails, heading for the finish.


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    For most of the race, I was pretty much in the proximity of this pretty lady and her pretty friend...which helped motivate my old-man legs to keep moving forward...

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    And also around my motivating lovely friend, she comes again....about a half-mile to go from here to the finish

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    After the Finish


    Irish Festival being held at the campus on March 14 and everyone with a race bib got free entry.   Some of the post-race goodies included funnel cakes....served up by two friendly guys....

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    And Guiness (light and dark) and Harper's light ale, which I indulged in.  As you can see from this line that went past that black tent at the back, theses post-race drinks were the most popular item...

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    This guy enjoyed both Guinness and funnel cake post-race

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    Post-race, there were also pepperoni rolls, and all kinds of other good stuff...yeah, you will not go away hungry after this event if you are so inclined to indulge in any of the variety of goodies available.   And enjoyed with some good music:

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    Most Green Person....the bearded gentleman with the green bows in his beard was the winner.

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    Ugliest kilt or Irish shorts contest, winner judged by crowd applause.   My friend, Laura, on the far left, and the lady in the shorts tied for first and each got a prize.

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    "Happy Finishers", volunteers, supporters, etc.


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    My #1 running crush, Ceci...she is the one who designed the race shirt.  Her race company also did the course set up, race results, and she took race photos.  Busy lady!   She and her partners always do a great job!

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    Love this race, and I try to do it each year, if possible.   Sometimes I do get invites to other races on the same day that are a bit different and I have done a few of those; but Donovan's Run is the ORIGINAL San Antonio area St. Patrick's Day 5K and has been around the longest.  Always after the race, great food, great drinks, post-race music, door prizes, and lots of fun.  Definitely one to keep on the race calendar!  


    Next up for me:  Shamrock Shuffle 5K, March 15, 2015.

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


      That looks really fun, and I love the shirts!  You fit right in with your green "I beat cancer" shirt.

        Looks like a very good time.  The runners seemed in the spirit of the race and also partaking of the spirit afterwards.

        “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Eliot


          Looks like a fun event.  Nice beer selection.  Your shirt matched perfectly.


            That looks like a nice track to run on.


            I see a beer in your hand is not the only thing that gets all 32 showing.


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              Lots of skirts to chase there, Scott   !!!!