This race takes place on the grounds of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm- complete with employees in historical dress and animals. It was definitely a unique race! We arrived to the farm about an hour before the race so we had plenty of time to get our bibs and t-shirts and study the course map. Almost all of the race was on grass/trail and there were quite a few hills. After looking at the map, Angie looked like she wanted to kill us :-)
Soon enough, it was time for us to line up at the start. There were probably around 150 people participating in the race, including a man dressed in a rooster costume. We started off slow, following Angie's pace. She'd been walking and running nightly with Sally in preparation for this race and we wanted to make sure we stayed with her.
|Almost like a Disney race, almost.|
|Looking strong at the start! Me, Angie, and Sally.|
Let's just say this about the course- it was tough. Really tough. Parts of it were single track through the woods and there was a lot of elevation. I was pretty sure Angie was going to kill us when we were trekking up the insanely steep hill just after mile one :-) But, she held on and pushed through the pain to get up that damn hill.
|Made it to mile one!|
A little after mile one, Sally ran on ahead. Matthew, Angie and I chatted and worked our way through the rest of the insane course. It was really awesome to cheer her on as she powered through the miles- if there is ever a job where I can cheer new run/walkers during races, I would be set for life! Our awesome photographer got some great shots of us as we worked towards the finish line.
|Deep in conversation.|
|We are getting there!|
|While tough, it was a beautiful course.|
|Almost there! Check out the incline behind us- yikes!|
After we passed the mile three marker, Matthew ran ahead so he could get some finish line photos for us. Sally had already finished and was waiting there for us with Matthew's dad, Les. As we came down the last little stretch before the finish, we picked up the pace and crossed the line in front of our wonderful cheering section.
|Kudos to Matthew for this amazing action shot!|
|Great (and free!) photo provided by the race.|
I can't describe how proud I was of Angie. Her dedication to finish that race- despite how tough it was- was so inspirational. Angie is the type of woman who would give you the shirt off her back, no questions asked. It was so awesome to see her do something for herself; to stand side-by-side with her as she accomplished the goal she set out to do. Her smile says it all :-)
After the race, we enjoyed some watermelon, courtesy of the race organizers. There was a table full of raffle prizes and each person's bib was entered into the drawing. I had my eye on some homemade dill bread but unfortunately, my number didn't get called. But Matthew's did! It was delicious.
We also got another cool surprise- Sally won in her age group! She got the cutest ceramic medal. Overall, it was an awesome little race. Challenging course, great organization, and a free entry into a fun raffle drawing. And of course, spending time with great people made the day that much better!
QOTD: Who's your favorite person (or people) to run with?