First person I see there was Coach Andy. Andy was Nathan's soccer coach this past fall. Nice to see a familiar face
Second person I see is Andy Baxter, an old friend from high school. Andy was also ruuning the 5 mile race (cause you had your choice of 2.5 miles, or 5 miles. Being that I am such an athletic beast, I opted for the 5 mile race. Nice to catch up with Andy
About 30 people at the start. 20 or so running 2.5 miles, 10 or so running the 5 mile run.
and we are off. Trail is beautiful with all the snow everywhere. There are markers every 1/4 mile, so you always know where you are.
Hitting the 1/2 way mark, I felt pretty good. I was in dead last place (not that that is unusual). I was very happy with the pace I was running, cause it was relaxing. Sure enough, Coach Andy was walking towards me at the 3/4 mile mark (so I had 3/4 miles to go). He ran with me the rest of the way in. Andy Baxter met us at about the 1/2 mile mark, and ran with us too (this basically means that I was way behind everyone else). As I come up on the finish, there are about 10 people there cheering me, by name. They know my name, because there is a checklist when you finish, and my name was the only name not checked. Good times!!!
Awesome run, can't wait to do it again next week!