I ran 21.17 miles this morning, and there was nothing pretty about it. It was warm, humid and windy. And I wasn't well hydrated or fueled. But the weekend belongs to a very nice guy and very talented runner.
... to Win!!
My buddy Ron Giles who won the Med-City Marathon yesterday in a time of 2:44:41.
I am so happy for him. He worked very hard for this win. I am glad that he won it this year, when the race was given a huge shot in the arm by Wally and Peg. It was a first-class event and I highly recommend it for next year!!
... to Volunteer!
I started the day at 4:30 AM when the alarm went off so that I could get to Byron by 5 AM for packet pick-up.
The day turned out to be very favorable ... cool, cloudy, not too windy. Had today's weather rolled in yesterday instead it would have been miserable. I didn't do much volunteering in Byron actually as there were plenty of volunteers. I guess I mostly walked around chatting with friends and taking pictures. :-)
|My camera stash!|
|The Chatty Chicks|
|Jim and Paul|
|Half marathon leader|
Thats' Kevin on the right. I can't remember the officer's name on the left. We chatted quite a bit when the runners weren't coming through. When Ron came by here he was still in second place by about a minute and a half. But I knew the leader wasn't going to be able to maintain that pace for almost 13 more miles. I was hoping that Ron would run the race he'd planned and not try to catch him. And that's exactly what he did. Ron caught him right at 20 miles. :-) Hoo rah!! I posted a video clip from Jose of Ron finishing on Facebook and it should be visible to everyone. There's a lot of emotion in that roughly one minute of footage. I don't know who's happier ... Ron or Wally and Peg. And that's a pretty neat thing ...
I've got lots of photos which I should put on a slideshow. I have way to many to post individually. But here's a fun one of Jim Li.
When the last runner came by, I went to the finish. Peg let me in the finish area so I could give Ron a big hug. Thank you Peg. Then I made my way over to the circle drive. Here's a cute photo of Sara.
... To be Part of a Team!!
Here are the Team R.E.D. relay teams celebrating their accomplishments for the day.
I went home, changed into running clothes and then made my way back to the finish line by 12:30 to see Ron and the Fab 4 get their awards. Trevor, Jeff, Dan and Andy won the 4-person relay. Hoo yah!!
|Ron and his parents|
|Wally, Ron, Peg|
|Team Minimized Cranium Drag|
Home to shower and time to hit the after parties. First, Ron's. Ran out of time to make it out to Byron. Then to Peg and Wally's.
... to Drive!!
I actually got to drive Wally's red BMW convertible. SWEET.
Then home to make cookies and finally off to Pasternak's ...
... to Share a Lovely Evening With Friends!!
What a fun, relaxing evening on a beautiful patio overlooking rural SW Rochester.
|Erin, Heidi, Andy, Jeff, Carter, Dan|
|Carole, Erin, Heidi|
|Trevor and Helen|
Trevor. What can I say. All evening as we sat around the fire we heard stories about all the things that he's been impaled with in his head. Shot in the back (through a Big Wheel seat) with a pellet gun. And so it goes. And he lived to tell about it! At one point in the evening, I heard a loud thud up on the dec. Turns out Trevor walked right through the screen door. It was SO FUNNY. Poor Trevor. He felt so bad. But I still LOL just thinking about it. We're not laughing AT you Trevor, we're laughing WITH you. :-)
They did get it back on track. I got home about 11:15 PM. A long, but most enjoyable day.
I had 25 friends over for dinner this evening. More on that tomorrow. For now ...
... to Sleep!