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Report and Photos (people and dogs) - Dog Days of Summer 5K (Read 27 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.



    This was my 30th race of 2015.  Held on June 14, 2015, Dog Days of Summer 5K supports Guide Dogs of Texas. The event locale was Eilan, a luxury living and business area in San Antonio, with hotels, shoppes, apartments, offices, etc. 8 a.m. race start with dark skies and rain threatening, 100 percent humidity, dew-point in the 70s, and a temp already in the low 80s at race start time of 8 a.m.  Kind of felt like a sauna out there!  Maybe around 100 to 200 participants and dogs were welcome too.  Hilly course of 2 loops.  I ended up with a 33:22 chip time, good enough for 3rd in my age group.




    Before the Start


    Eilan definitely has some unique building designs..

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  people who did the course set up, results timing, etc,


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    Mr. DJ

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    My lovely mate, Gail, was one of the vendors at today's event

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    Carrera Races volunteers with the lovely Virginia (pink shirt), co-owner of Carrera Races

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    My pals at Run Wild Sports, a very good local running store, including my 4-legged pal, Emma, whom I give a treat to whenever I visit the store

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    Participants, volunteers, etc. before the start

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    In this group, several are wearing the Dog Days nice tech tee that race participants got

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    Pre-start warmup

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    Getting ready to start

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    On the Course


    As said, two loops around the Eilan community.  Started with a steeper but fairly short hill, then flat for a bit, then up a long incline, then a bit of a downhill, than a third hill which was a longer up incline than the 2nd hill we had just come off of.  Then we did a turn and went down a very long downill...then wound our way back to the start point and did one more loop.  Of course, with a 2-loop course, this meant we did all these hills twice.


    My first walk break was on the 2nd hill of the course

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    In the below photos, looking ahead at the 3rd hill waiting for us


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    2nd loop - this it actually the first hill we had in the race...lot less crowded on this 2nd loop


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    Looking behind me

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    After that it was non-stop running for about the last 1.2 miles to the finish.  My last mile was my fastest, done in 10:35.  The very big downhill right before we finished helped with that.






    After the Finish


    "Happy Finishers", supporters, vendors, etc.

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    My friend, Jose, with Ms. Minnie's small dog (in the set of photos before the start).  I jokingly told Jose....."get a man dog!"

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    I love Weimeraners.  My wife once jokingly told me, with my gray/white hair, I kinda look like a 2-legged fat ole weimeraner, lol.

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    Triple threat...3 dogs now...

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  1 more coming up...yeah, dogs love me....or maybe I just smell like a dog.... 


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    Post-race popsicle...nice and cold too....very refreshing....thank you Chloe's!

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    My speedy pal, Bernadette

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    My 3 pals...Speedy Gene, first in our age group (60-69) for this race, his wife Loyce, and Bernadette

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    Doggies are really interested in whatever that kid has in his bowl...

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    Camera-shy dogs, lol

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    A bit humid today but in spite of the weather still a very enjoyable event.  Lots of both good friendly dogs and friendly people, some very nice post-race goodies - no beer though, bummer, although there was wine...but I'm not much of a wine drinker - and good, wide-road course.  Mucho thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, law enforcement, vendors, etc, who made all of this happen for we participants.  Don't know where this one will be next year, as Eilan is not going to have any more events at that locale for a while for whatever reason.  Hopefully, Carrera Races will find another good venue for the next one because this is a good event to keep on the race calendar.

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

    Half Crazy K 2.0

      Looks like a fun race. The dogs surrounding the little kid must know food falls on the ground with little ones. Or the food is close to doggie height, so take advantage when the kid looks away. 

      Little Blue

        P-p-p-puppies!!!  That looks like great fun with all the fur kids.


        I laugh when I look at your pictures.  You've posted enough RRs now that I recognize Gail, Gene and Bernadette on sight.  I only remember Gails' name, but the other two are like old friends.


          Great write-up Scott!  I was one of the MileCrushers you met (and snapped a photo of; I was missing in the earlier one!).  Your description was spot on; it was a fun event with a ton of friendly people and dogs.  You took some quality shots as well!  Hope to see you at more events!





          delicate flower

            Doggers!!  I want to pet them all.



              "Happy Finishers", supporters, vendors, etc.

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              I had to look at the first pic twice and still couldn't figure out WTH I was looking at. The second one cleared it up for me, hilarious!

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                I love the dog up on the hydrant.  There were a lot of dogs there; do they ever get into fights?  That location seems to have a lot of races.  Is there a connection with the running community?


                boricua eskimo

                  Great report, Scotty!  Love that doggie picture.


                  Barking Mad To Run

                    I love the dog up on the hydrant.  There were a lot of dogs there; do they ever get into fights?  That location seems to have a lot of races.  Is there a connection with the running community?


                    Yes, Eilan has an agreement with Carrera Races, a very good local race company, and the community also gives discounts in their restaurant, spa, etc., to participating runners, so Carrera Races brings some business to the community.   However, no more races there for a while, as the community is going to start a renovation soon, so this was the last event there for who knows how long.

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


                      That looks like a really fun event!

                      Barking Mad To Run

                        That looks like a really fun event!


                        And there were treats for the dogs too, post-race, and wading pools they could lie in to cool off and drink from

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