Last Monday (Memorial Day 2011), I was able to participate in my first running event since January 1. With some tendinitis I've had some trouble with for the past several months cooperating for the time being, I signed up for the Houska Houska 5K. The event is hosted by Houska Automotive a locally-owned and family operated automotive shop in Fort Collins, Colorado. I'm guessing the double name is a play on the Bolder Boulder, which is held in Boulder on the same day. There are some similarities between the two events; both involve running and people wearing outrageous costumes, both are popular amongst the locals.... And well, the similarities end there.
Most running events are benefits in some way for a charity, non-profit, or community organization. For the Houska Houska, ALL of the proceeds go to the Poudre Valley Health District's Bone Marrow Donor Program and the Poudre Valley Cancer Center. The event is also run entirely by the Houska family and a variety of volunteers. Trying to determine what the vast amount of money brought in by the Bolder Boulder go for is no easy task. Some of it likely supports the infrastructure of the race, and the rest, who really knows? Race directory salary?
I've run both events now, and while the Bolder Boulder was a a great expeirence, I'd have to say that I actually liked the Houska Houska 5K better. It's a non-competitive "race," which means it's untimed... Or rather, it means that if you're interested in your time, you should bring a stopwatch. :) Everyone still starts en masse and the top finishers are recognized for their performance, but the best and most attended award ceremony is for the best costumes, and for 2011 the theme was "Saturday Night Alive" so the costumes were all familiar characters from the similarly-named late night comedy show.
|The Athletes in Tandem, Zach, Nick, and Jack|
|Me finishing 9th or 10th. I recorded my time|
at 21:47, which I was quite happy with.
I managed to meet my goal for the event. Given my condition being relatively low from so little running over the last four months, I wanted to finished in under 22 minutes, and managed that by a bit, slapping hands with the little fireman clown at the finish and stopping my Garmin Forerunner at 21:47, a very respectable time.
|Dennis Vanderheiden, Zach, and yours truly|
A great event that was fun and well organized. I'd like to thank the Houskas family for what the give back to the Fort Collins Community. It's a highlight of the year for quite a few folks, and a lot of people benefit from all that you do in so many ways. A good time was had by all at the 2011 Houska Houska 5K. I'll be planning to join in the festivities again next year as well.