Sunday, March 4, 2012
Mrs. Robinson's Romp Trail 10k Race Report...
I then spend some time talking to my many Trail Nerd and Olathe Running Club friends running the race including a couple ORC ladies (Rachel & Janee') running their first trail runs ever. I let them know a little about what to expect out on the trail since I am familiar with it and told them I knew they'd do very well. I also spent some time chatting with Jen who I run part of this trail with every Thursday night at the Trail Nerds B.A.R. run. We both were also going to run the Pi Day Trail Half Marathon the next day so she'd signed up for the 5k instead of the 10k. Well, I was of the opinion she could more than handle the challenge of the 10k along with Sunday's race so I talked her into upgrading. There are so many people I knew there that it's hard to list them, so sorry to anyone I miss: Kristy, Jen, Jennifer, Emily, Ryan, Jason, Ben, Rachel, Janee', Sherrie, Darin, Erica, Dick and many more (I know I've missed some).
The start was probably one of the funniest things that's ever happened at a race I've been in. Erica was running with her dog (Elliot Snickerfritz) and when we all headed over to the start line she made her way to the back. Ben gave some pre-race remarks as everyone made last minute adjustments to their waterbottles, race bibs, shoes, etc (all the normal pre-race activities). Erica was adjusting her waterbottle, so Elliot's leash was only loosely in her hand. Well, a little sooner than she expected, Ben hit the horn to start the race and off Elliot went without her!! I was starting with Jen & Janee' so we start running at the horn then hear Erica, "ELLIOT!!!!!" Then, the next thing we know, Elliot comes flying around everyone motoring his way to the trail!! Everyone laughed! One lady was overheard saying "well, he won't know the way." Little does she know, Elliot probably knows that trail better than 75% of the runners there!! It was a very funny moment and a great way to start a race smiling! Elliot was eventually caught by Emily and all was well, but we all appreciated the laugh.