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Race Report/Photos: Feast Of The Heart 5K (Read 28 times)


Barking Mad To Run


    I am Scott aka Scottydog, runner since 1983, cancer survivor, retired Air Force, 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.




    This was my 63rd race of 2013.   I did better than I thought I would for this one.  Estimated my finish at 35-something but even with my photo stops on course,  I managed to finish in 33:33, averaging just under 11 minutes per mile pace.  This event supported  Feast Of The Heart 5K supports San Antonio's annual Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner - -, which provides senior citizens and less fortunate a place to enjoy a hot and nutritious turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day for free. Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio, the event invites seniors to dine at a “community dinner table”, celebrate the holiday with their peers, and enjoy live music and entertainment.



    The event was held at Traders Village - - "a place for shoppers to trade, buy, barter and play. It features over 1,000 vendors, selling virtually anything and everything from tires to turkey legs.   Traders Village San Antonio is a swap meet, treasure hunt, shopping complex, county fair, and festival attraction all rolled into one."   There are even midway rides and other amusements there.





    Race start time 9 a.m.   I left my house at 7:45 and it was POURING rain outside. Wonderful. Roll eyes  Got to Trader's Village and thankfully there were covered pavilions where the race set up was (race day registration, chip pickup, etc)



    So at least we would be out of the rain for a while anyway.  Had picked up my packet the day before so just got my chip today and then wandered around taking some pre-start photos.


    Inside of the pavilion



    Some of the volunteers there for we participants






    Local radio station was there, with this DJ acting as our MC


    Our medical guys who would be riding up and down the course making sure everyone was okay



    Also there was a rep from the San Antonio Defenders, who were supporting the race.  The San Antonio Defenders are a National Spring Football League (NSFL) franchise minor league professional football team. A few of their cheerleaders kindly allowed me to have a photo with them.  Nice! Big grin


    And me and my running friend, Bernadette



    Other participants and supporters


    These ladies are all wearing the race shirt that participants got in their goodie bag.























    The young lady in the middle is wearing a sweatshirt with the logo of the university I work for:  The University of Texas at San Antonio, known as UTSA.   However, in press releases in national sports news about our athletic teams - like our football team, which today beat Tulane University, yeah, baby!  Go Roadrunners! (our team name) - we are called Texas - San Antonio, to differentiate us from University of Texas Longhorns.





    Well, we got very lucky, the rain stopped about 8:45, so although the course was wet, it did not rain on us.  The weather was actually pretty nice, about 61 degrees, pretty overcast, and not bad humidity or dew-point either.  The course was two loops around the huge Traders Village parking areas. So a lot of cement!  Still, the course was not bad and the loops were long enough and arranged well enough that mentally you really didn't feel like you were doing loops, so kudos to the course set-up folks for that.


    This piece of artwork was a short ways after we passed the Mile 1 marker.   I wonder how many folks get a photo of them sitting on that thing?


    We passed this artwork twice on the course


    As you can see, altho not raining anymore, still quite overcast in places



    She's floating!  She passed me by after I took the photo and I didn't see her again until the finish.



    This is where I started my 2nd loop before I finished.  Per the results listing, I got to the halfway point at 17:15, (about 11:30 per mile average) but finished overall in 33:33 (about 10:48 per mile) so I ended up doing the back second half of the course faster than the first half, nice!


    I will see you in a bit, finish line!






    After that last photo, I trucked on into the finish, running the last 1.3 miles nonstop.  I even managed to pass several people along the way, a small miracle for a slow old dog like me, lol.





    This lady on the right has done the same last 3 races I have done. She is a good runner and has a very steady pace.   Also a lot of stamina, she did an Ironman about two weeks ago.   I managed to catch up to her just before the finish and then got a photo of her and her friend after we both crossed the line.


    Our disabled athlete entrant, who was quite inspirational for all of us who saw him.  Army vet, so we shared some 'war stories".   Really nice guy, very positive, great attitude.




    Some important post-race volunteers - our breakfast taco folks!   Three kinds of tacos, bean-and-cheese, potato-and-egg, and bacon-and-egg.  Yeah, I had a couple! Big grin



    Another post-race goodie, as modeled here by one of my running friends - Fresh Mango On A Stick




    "Happy Finishers" et al....





    The guy here was the first place overall winner.










    Abbey - one of the sweetest dogs ever, I've encountered her before at other races -  and her Human




    The last mile, this lovely lady on the left was ahead of me and chasing her "Great Legs' motivated me to keep moving forward. Big grin  Here she is post-race with her 'sister'.  Big grin











    A very fun event for a great cause.  I think this is the 6th year they've had this race and I've done 3 out of the 6.   Nice post-race goodies, lots of friendly folks, and some pretty decent weather after the rain stopped.  Not keen on running on 3 miles of cement a whole lot, but even so, the course was not bad at all considering what the race folks had to work with...a parking lot.  They ingeniously made it wind around a bit which was a great help mentally.  At least for me, anyway and, as my wife jokingly tells me, I need all the mental help I can get!  Special thanks to my good buddy, George, who ran with me for part of the way and was there at the finish encouraging me in.   Good friend!  This event will be on my calendar again in the future.

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


      Congratulations on another great race Scotty. I didn't know there were more than one Traders Village! I'm not to far from the one here.

      I'm out of ideas

        Your races have some of the best t-shirt designs. And did any of the cheerleaders run the race?

        2019 Races:

              4/13/19 - Whiskey Basin 33K

              5/11/19 - D3 50K

              6/08/19 - Eagle Up Ultra 24-Hour

              9/21/19 - NC24


          Congratulations on beating your expectations, Scotty! What a great cause for a race. There seems to be so many great charities in your area, I love that people there are so involved in their community.


          My, the cheerleaders look very fit! Nice! I can see why you would smile such a happy smile. Big grin And I think I would recognise your pretty friend Bernadette if I saw her in the streets of Montreal. I feel like your friends have become my friends. Big grin Thanks for sharing with us, Scotty!

          PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                  Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

          18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010

          on my way to badass

            Great photos! I look forward to more races and the photos that go with them. Was there a whole high school x-country team I saw in one or two pics?

            Still waiting for the perfect race picture. 5K PR-33:52 , 10K PR 1:11:16, First HM 2:42:28

              Congrats on another great run!

                Congrats Scotty.


                Cool shirts and bibs especially, bibs always seem so meh.


                The Swap Meet thing would be fun to go to, we have a big flea market here but it's mostly the typical creepy guys selling knives made out of pig iron alongside "Calvin Klein" and "Coco Chanel" merchandise.


                Barking Mad To Run

                  George:  No, the cheerleaders did not run, but they were out along the course at various places cheering everyone on and giving high-fives to folks as they passed by.


                  StoneFence:  There was a x-country team from a local school, and also the ladies of the St. Mary's University  softball team were there and some ran and some volunteered.   St. Mary's is a local university here with a law school that has a national reputation.

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





                     Special thanks to my good buddy, George, who ran with me for part of the way and was there at the finish encouraging me in.   Good friend!  This event will be on my calendar again in the future.


                    I am sure it will be keeping company like that!  Cool


                      Awesome job on race 63 of the year, Scotty!   Oh you were lucky that rain stopped; it still looks so wet, but at least concrete isn't mushy when wet.  I swear, SA knows how to feed their racers better then any other place.  Those tacos sound delicious.  Great pics!


                      "We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don’t like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. "  ---- Shasta Nelson


                      Smaller By The Day

                        I was going to comment on the same photo that LRB did.  That's one happy camper right  I know I've pointed it out in the past, but you still look like your trimming down Scotty.  I swear that every few RR's I notice it.  I'm going to have to go back and find an RR from last year to compare.


                        Weight 100 pounds lost

                        5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

                        10K 48:59 April 2013

                        HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

                        MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013