Beginners and Beyond


Report and Photos - Boxer Boogie 5K and 3K (Read 10 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


    Here is yet another of my photo reports.  Full report below. 


    Link to photos only:




    My 59th race of 2016 and my 3rd 5K of the Oct 29 - 30 weekend, after having done two on Saturday.  This event supports Alamo Boxer Rescue.  There was also a costume contest, so lots of the doggies and their humans were in costume.  There was a 5K and a 3K.  The event was held at Pickrell Park in Schertz, TX, which is adjacent to San Antonio boundary lines and quite close to Randolph Air Force Base.  A very nice community with wide streets, nice houses and friendly people.  Not far from where I live so I got to sleep in a bit the morning of this one and then arrived around 7:45, with about 45 minutes to go to the 8:30 start time.   Just enough time to get some pre-start photos.


    Ready for my 3rd 5K of the weekend

     photo 022_zps5ejkoijk.jpg


     photo 024_zpsyvybufkn.jpg


     photo 025_zps2w98lcet.jpg


     photo 026_zpszi6mmw6s.jpg

     photo 027_zps3rs6f8ef.jpg


     photo 028_zpsjakjruej.jpg






     photo 004_zpsdcncwzyz.jpg


     photo 005_zps7ggelrhg.jpg


     photo 006_zpsnurejj2f.jpg

     photo 007_zpshcphpwki.jpg


     photo 008_zpsdt68rd6m.jpg


     photo 010_zpsous2uyz0.jpg


    This lady is actually one of my Vets that takes good medical care of our cats

     photo 011_zpst6ig76vz.jpg


     photo 012_zpstkfedvhd.jpg


     photo 013_zpsjuzanagq.jpg


     photo 014_zpsczxalz9l.jpg


    Team, timing, results, course set up

     photo 015_zpsz6pdzgcg.jpg


    The two-legged participants are wearing the race shirt

     photo 016_zps7s3hybg4.jpg


     photo 017_zpsyd0dvvn7.jpg


     photo 018_zpsmvlzzt7c.jpg


     photo 019_zpspggwkjqb.jpg


     photo 021_zpssopvveny.jpg





    Just a very slight incline near the beginning and then this course was flat, flat, flat - except for some slight road camber - winding around on wide streets through a very nice community.   I was feeling pretty good and managed to finish in 34:04 chip time.  Did not place though, as my age group was a strange one of 40 - 99, lol.  I get it, this is a bit of a smaller event - maybe 100 or so participants, including those doing the 3K - and the race has a budget, and the majority of the funds goes to Boxer Rescue instead of for medals, etc., which is appropriate.  It's all good.  I was  just happy, after 2 other 5Ks, I was feeling good enough to finish under 35 minute, which is where I finished in my Saturday PM 5K.


     photo 029_zpsjooaqoq0.jpg


     photo 030_zpst55wikx6.jpg


     photo 031_zps2s4admdz.jpg


     photo 033_zpseswypqr4.jpg


     photo 034_zpsa8qy9xk6.jpg


     photo 035_zpsxb2rejgd.jpg


     photo 036_zpsjldxppuv.jpg


     photo 037_zpsvedvrdyb.jpg


     photo 038_zpsmezpgc00.jpg


     photo 039_zpsdr9fwddj.jpg


     photo 040_zpswgmbpqao.jpg


     photo 041_zpsxn6i8r8k.jpg







    No beer at this one - hmm, I should have asked if I could have just brought one of my own - but there was a variety of breakfast tacos, which was nice, and I was like Julius tu...  ...share part of it with a nearby doggie, with the owner's permission.   And, of course, got some photos of the 'happy finishers", volunteers, etc.




    This guy did a 16-mile run the day before.  Then he, and his little dog too, did this one in 30 minutes.  The young lady was 1st in her age group.

     photo 042_zps7gfyk8jl.jpg


    My walking friend Karen, coming into the finish

     photo 043_zps0fgi4iv8.jpg


     photo 044_zpsukvtrpqe.jpg


    Isn't that appropriate....Hilary and Donald all twisted up at each other...

     photo 045_zps8graghoi.jpg


     photo 046_zps3dnog5sd.jpg


     photo 047_zpsiyghwgap.jpg


     photo 048_zpspv1jsjwz.jpg


     photo 049_zpsowmt6b9r.jpg


     photo 050_zpsgqxgbbpr.jpg


    Ruh- Roh....

     photo 051_zpsm0me1vgw.jpg


     photo 052_zps5gulktaq.jpg


    Next time you don't want to go run....think about this doggie out there....

     photo 053_zps9hauwzhz.jpg


    My taco-sharing friend and her human

     photo 054_zpspdzfl8ng.jpg


    It's Halloween, my friend Karen...let me 'massage' your throat....

     photo 055_zpsapek9s9u.jpg


     photo 057_zpshmlbwdkb.jpg


    Age group winner

     photo 058_zpsjvp3pkkg.jpg


    Our MC

     photo 059_zpsuapswgrg.jpg


     photo 060_zpswopq2n4e.jpg


     photo 061_zpsfrshsilz.jpg


     photo 062_zpsyavqgp9g.jpg


     photo 063_zpsrwty3cfq.jpg


    With one of the raffle prizes...this big stuffed boxer

     photo 065_zpsii72ebzp.jpg


    Not only did my friend Jill here win this raffle basket worth $300+ bucks...right after that her bib number was drawn to win two bicycles!  Dang, she got her money's worth at this race, lol.

     photo 066_zpsa2c2ek2l.jpg




    It's been a couple of years since I've done this one, so glad to see it is as good as ever.   Nice area to run in, nice flat course - good course to shoot for a 5K PR for those so inclined - nice post-race goodies, nice race tee shirts, and lots of fun with dogs if you're a dog lover.  Definitely will do this one again in the future.   Mucho thanks to all the people who made this one happen for us....sponsors, volunteers, law enforcement,  residents of Schertz, etc.

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


      Congratulations on another three-fer weekend.  I can see why you couldn't resist it.


        That's the coolest race I've ever seen!  I remember dueling with a guy racing with his dog in a 5k.  We were running our asses off and his dog was basically walking kinda fast.