Harvest time also brought the Harvest Run on October 6. I was a last-minute, almost, race director for this cross-country 5K in Cutler Park here in Visalia. It's a nice park on the far NE side of town. We had a nice turnout ... 131 total registrations for the 5K and 1 mile, up quite a bit from last year. Great food (thank you Applebees for the breakfast burritos, Pro Citrus Network for the oranges, Raisin' Dough for the cookies, Sequoia Beverage for energy drinks/tea, Noah water for the bottled water). And we purchased pumpkin pie. It was a veritable feast! Or at least a very nice post-5k breakfast! My volunteers were outstanding, as usual, so the race went off without a hitch. Thank you all that helped, ran and donated!
|Marisol and Isabella at Lifestyles taking registrations|
|Our beautiful cut out cookies|
|Post-race food and fun|
|Winner of the women's race|
|They're (almost) off!|
|The winner, in 16:53|
Friday I organized a little 50th birthday dinner at Alejandro's for Michele and Sheri. 18 people showed up, which was great. A fun evening!
This last Saturday brought a trip to the Big Fresno Fair. What a wonderful county fair. Really nice grounds, lots of live music, fair food everywhere. :-)
Don't worry...I just ate a small fraction of this huge HALF order of curly fries. They were over-fried, so I didn't much care for them. I allow myself to eat whatever I want after a long run and I'd run 21 that morning (a triple trip up Rocky Hill) so I indulged in these fries and a Cow Pie (ice cream on a flat waffle). MUCH preferred the cow pie.
Our friend Larry got us: free premium parking, free admission, a blackberry margarita, and a free entry into the horse races. I'd never seen a horse race before, so it was fun. We also got to have our picture taken in the winner's circle. Guess it helps to have friends in high places. Or at least friends on the fair board. :-)
The produce here is amazing. Mostly a different selection from MN, though. Lots of citrus and grapes. More varietes of grapes than I ever knew existed.
Yesterday, I finished my book club selection for November, when the club will meet here. Anna Quindlen's Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. I enjoyed it, and I think there will be plenty to talk about.
Well, I guess that's all I know for now. Morning, which will find us doing 9 x 800 on the track, will come quickly.
Good night ....