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
Here is yet another of my photo reports. Full report below.
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A couple of the photos may not have come out so well; sorry about that. Plus, at times post-race I forgot to wipe my sweaty lens - duhhhh - so there might be a smudge or two on some of them. And for a few, when I asked someone to take a photo for me, I forgot to tell him/her how to focus the camera, duhhh.. All in all though, I think they came out fairly well. I am certainly no professional photographer with skills; but at least all the photos are free to save.
BEFORE MY START
My 61st race of 2017 and 2nd of the Sep 15 - Sep 17 weekend was El Grito 5K held at Mission Concepcion Park near the San Antonio Riverwalk. Start time of 7:30 a.m. on Sep 16th – which meant I had to get up pretty early after getting home after the Zoo Relay the night before around 9:30 pm. Arrived with about an hour to go before start time, managed to find some parking, which is pretty tight in this small park. Had already got my packet so just had to get my timing chip, and then I was wandering around doing my usual pre-start photo thing.
With friend Karen
With running pal, Bernadette. She did 3 races this weekend
Getting ready to start
ON THE COURSE
This course has some really beautiful views of the San Antonio River as we were right on the Mission Reach part of the San Antonio Riverwalk; but you sure pay for those view with the hills; this is a very hilly course. We started downhill, which meant we climbed back up to the finish. I knew I had yet another 5K coming up on this race day evening, so I pretty much just took it easy and forced myself to stop more than I usually do to take extra photos. I did manage to run all the hills nonstop. I ended up 5th in my age group with a chip time of 35:12.
AFTER MY FINISH
Got some water first, re-hydrated, cooled down a bit and then off to get the good stuff – the tacos and beer, a staple of all the Andiamo Productions races that they put on. Yeah, good stuff. They also had music and some dancers in traditional costume/dress – really good – and everyone got a nice finisher medal which, as usual, I will donate do the cancer kids at San Antonio Children’s Hospital. After beer and tacos and hydrating, felt much rejuvenated after all the hills and went on the hunt for after-event photos.
Me and friend Richard...finisher medal is that little 'sombrero guy', nicely themed for the race.
Friend and team-mate Carolyn from the Zoo Relay. She did 3 races this weekend.
Karen got a well-deserved beer after walking the course
Prayers and good thoughts for this cancer survivor - fighting it again! Bless her.
That young guy in the middle, very speedy. 2nd overall!
Very well organized event. Local area race management company iaapweb did their usual great job with the course set-up, timing, etc. Plenty of post-race goodies too. Love these Andiamo Productions events. They have a whole slew of them throughout the year and every one of them is pretty much fun, fun, fun. Don’t think they are quite up to Scallywompus standards yet as far as the after-party – Scallywompus is a local race management company that throws huge after-parties after their races – but they are getting closer every year.
MUCHO thanks to all the people who did all the hard work to make this one happen for the participants: all the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, law enforcement and EMT folks that were there, et al. Without all of you doing what you do, there would be no events for us to do, so thank you very much for what you do! And, as this was an “open course – so other runners, walkers, cyclists who were not race participating were also using the path –thanks for the patience of those folks as they sometimes had to stop to let the race crowd pass.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt
Why "el Grito"? Do people cry or scream during the race?
Some of us cry on those darn hills!