Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spooktacular 5K Race

The 2011 Spooktacular Race, a 5K race benefiting Children's Speech and Reading Center in Fort Collins, was a fun event.  The conditions were cold, and I suspect I sort of blew my chances for doing a little better by running two four-mile progressive runs the day before, but I had a great time and still took first in my age group with a time of 20:23, my second best 5K race time ever. Events like this are only partly about the competition, though. They're about calling attention to and raising funds for some worthy cause.  

Being a Halloween Race (yes, I'm late posting this), it also involves many creative costumes, and entire families participating together, which makes it fun to hang out after the finish to watch the kids events.  This year, the fields were all snow-covered, so the races were a little smaller and held on the asphalt basketball courts, but I don't think that diminished things at all.  Just ask the winner of the costume contest, pictures below.

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