|Susan and me|
Race #18 was a very well organized event that was held on Saturday, July 5 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. The race promptly began at 9:15 and by 11 am, I was already on my way home with my lovely trophy and a new personal record (PR). For me, the most exciting part was meeting fellow runners.
It was a party when I got to the Governor Mifflin Middle School at 8:45 am. Loud upbeat music was playing while a DJ kept the crowd engaged with his witty remarks.
Registration was very efficient - no line. They had 2 tables: one to process "late registration" and another to process pre-registered participants. I was a little bummed out that they incorrectly logged my last name as "Andres" instead of "San Andres," considering the fact that I registered online. I asked for them to fix it, and the online results now show the corrected version - thank you.
|With Bob after the race.|
"What was that? I can't hear you."
"Hey, let's have our picture taken!"
Then, I met an amazing family, Susan and her children. Susan was the first person I've ever seen finish a race in a dress and bonnet. Her son, Sam , finished in 19:34 and placed 3rd in the 15-18 age group - in jeans!
I'm not sure why Susan dressed the way she did, but from what I've learned through the internet, there are religious Christian communities called Mennonites who dress conservatively to honor the teachings of the Bible.
I don't know if Susan is a Mennonite. I just wish I could have known her better. This was Susan's 2nd race and said she hoped to finish a 10K next time. More power to you, Susan!
|Fun runners of all ages.|
|15-18 age group winners: Tyler, Cameron, and Sam (left to right)|
My next race is on Wednesday, July 9. It will be tough to beat my new record of 26:59, but as always, I'm going to give it my best.
Would I run this again? I would definitely consider it.
Address: Governor Mifflin Middle School, Route 222, Shillington, PA 19607Date and Time: Saturday, July 5, 2014 9:15 am
Course: flat as my uncle's chest, asphalt road
Kids Fun Run: Free
Parking: Free and plenty
Post Race Food: mixed fruits, soft pretzels, cookies, water
Price: $20 (plus $3.21 service fee when paying via https://www.pretzelcitysports.com)
Prizes: trophies for the top 3 men, and women of each of the 23 groups below (except when noted):
Results within hours after the race. Online results were published Monday after the event
Restrooms: Porta potties-a-plenty
Shirt: Sport Tek t-shirt
Water Stations: 1 station available
|Starting the fun run|
|Anyone need a massage?|